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April 24, 2015 Updates

Of the guys who will be free agents this summer, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko have probably done the most to up their value in the eyes of other NBA teams, as well as the Celtics. Boston will try and keep both, but understand that some teams might be willing to pay them above-market value – something Boston isn’t likely to do. CSNNE.com

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The Celtics are likely to extend a $1.2 million qualifying offer, but seem likely to explore a contract extension, particularly if other teams make a run at Crowder as a restricted free agent (Boston can match all offers). ESPN.com

You’re going to be a restricted free agent this summer2. Have you started thinking about that process at all? Crowder: No. I just want to make the playoffs. And once you make the playoffs, everything will take care of itself. I’m not worried about it. Because my goal is to make the playoffs and we are right here where we want to be. As a player, that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to make the playoffs, get back to the playoffs because I was there last year and know it’s a different type of basketball. I’m just focused on that. ESPN.com: But it’s safe to say you’ve enjoyed your time in Boston? Crowder: Loving it. ESPN.com

ESPN.com: You’re going to be a restricted free agent this summer2. Have you started thinking about that process at all? Crowder: No. I just want to make the playoffs. And once you make the playoffs, everything will take care of itself. I’m not worried about it. Because my goal is to make the playoffs and we are right here where we want to be. As a player, that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to make the playoffs, get back to the playoffs because I was there last year and know it’s a different type of basketball. I’m just focused on that. ESPN.com: But it’s safe to say you’ve enjoyed your time in Boston? Crowder: Loving it. ESPN.com

April 3, 2015 Updates

He credits Stevens for tailoring his role to his strengths. “As a basketball player, that’s what you want,” Crowder said. “You don’t want to be in a situation where you feel you’re held back. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and make the best of what you’ve got. “I can score. I can make plays. I don’t think I’m a guy who just sits in the corner, but I was forced to do that in Dallas. Here with Boston, I’m able to just make plays. I can react to the game and make plays. It’s fun. I’m back to my childhood days.” Boston Herald

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On Friday, Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler spoke highly of Crowder, his former Marquette teammate. “He’s an underdog, he plays with a chip on his shoulder, and he just works, man,” Butler said. “And he’s always been like that, from the first time I met him in junior college to now. So that’s what’s going to make him stick in this league. He’s not going to give up. He’s going to continue to grind.” In 27 games with the Celtics, Crowder is averaging 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds. “He used to make big shots down the stretch, man,” Butler said. “He won us a lot of games in college. He won us more games than I won us, for sure.” Boston Globe

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