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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
Of the three players acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in the Rajon Rondo swap, Crowder may be the most likely to have a future with the team. The 6-foot-7 swingman is due a $1.2 million qualifying offer after the season that's a no-brainer for Boston to extend if he's not a casualty of salary aggregation at the February trade deadline. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge hinted that Boston has long had an interest in Crowder and you can easily envision former Celtics coach Doc Rivers prodding Ainge to pick the Marquette product in the 2012 draft. But Crowder was off the board at No. 34 to Cleveland. (Coincidentally, he was traded to the Cavaliers in a swap that included current teammate Tyler Zeller.) ESPN.com
Jae Crowder hasn't been a Boston Celtic very long. But so far, he doesn't have any complaints or issues with the organization or his new teammates. But there's one thing that he didn't like about the trade from Dallas - its timing. "That was the worst part about the trade," Crowder told CSNNE.com. "I'm happy to be here in this organization, but the worst part about it was the timing of it, just a few days before Christmas." CSNNE.com
So I know a lot of you aren’t real familiar with the players that we brought in," Ainge said. "But like I said earlier, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, as an example are two players that we’ve tried to acquire in the past. Thought they were under-valued players in their minutes, in their contributions so far. And time will tell if we were right or wrong on that, but we really like them, and think they fit into a good team in a rotation role. CSNNE.com
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired guard Jameer Nelson, forward Jae Crowder, forward/center Brandan Wright, a conditional first round draft pick, a 2016 second round draft pick and a $12.9 million trade exception from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for guard Rajon Rondo and forward Dwight Powell. NBA.com
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