The Phoenix Suns have a lot of big questions ahead of them in the upcoming offseason. Especially with how they approach Deandre Ayton’s upcoming restricted free agency. However, it appears they are also trying to sever ties with some of their other players, including former Boston Celtics wing Jae Crowder.
Crowder, who played for the Celtics from 2015-17, signed a three-year deal with the Suns in 2020. Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported that the Suns reached out to teams to see how much interest Crowder would have in a potential trade.
In Fischer’s own words, “Phoenix has called competitors to measure Jae Crowder’s value in the trade market, sources said.”
The semantics of the right deal in this particular case are unclear, but Crowder has one year left on the contract. This season, Crowder averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 67 games for the Suns. Crowder also shot 39.9 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three.
According to Spotrac, Crowder is owed $10,183,800 for the 2022-23 season. Such a one-year contract for someone like Crowder would not be difficult for Phoenix to move.
Phoenix Interested in Eric Gordon
Fischer also said the Suns are interested in trading for the Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon. Fischer revealed the Suns were interested in Gordon at the close of trading in early 2022, but the two teams were never able to agree on a deal. Fischer added that the Suns will look to add assets from the 2022 NBA draft.
“The Suns have once again been linked to Eric Gordon. Phoenix was in talks with Houston to acquire Gordon, a former Rockets teammate of Chris Paul, at the February close. Phoenix is also said to be looking for a second-round pick.
Paul and Gordon played together in Houston from 2017-19 before the Rockets traded Paul to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook that same summer. Last season, Gordon averaged 13.4 points in 57 games for the Rockets. He posted a career-high field goal percentage at 47.5 percent from the field and hit his best percentage since the 2014-15 season from three-point country at 41.2 percent from distance.
According to Spotrac, Gordon’s contract expires after the 2023-24 season. However, the final year of his contract, which would net him $20,917,902, is not guaranteed.
Celtics ready to trade Grant Williams and Payton Pritchard
Fischer added that Boston, who doesn’t have a first-round pick in the 2022 NBA draft due to the trade with Derrick White, wants to acquire one. Not only that, they’re willing to offer Grant Williams and Payton Pritchard to get one, but they won’t overpay for it.
In Fischer’s own words, “Indiana, Utah, Boston and Detroit have all been described as teams trying to get picks in the back half of the first round. For that, the Celtics appear willing to hold talks about rotational players like Grant Williams and Payton Pritchard, but only for the right price.”
Zach Harper previously reported that Boston is high on LSU forward Tari Eason and ready to act to get him. They could offer Pritchard and/or Williams potentially buying his drafting rights, but whether that would be enough to entice teams to pick in the first round remains to be seen.
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