It will be the market, likely even more than heartstrin…

It will be the market, likely even more than heartstrings for the Heat, that will decide whether the Heat have to punt on 2021 cap space or punt on those players. For example, if retaining Crowder becomes an issue, there are viable Plan Bs out there. One, for example, could be Paul Millsap, if the 35-year-old veteran gets squeezed out by the Nuggets going all-in with Jerami Grant’s free agency and the preference to develop Michal Porter Jr.

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For Crowder, who emerged as a Heat playoff starter and contributor on both ends of the floor, it is a particularly complex equation. At 30, the veteran forward would prefer to take the long view in his negotiations, at a time when the Heat are expected to prefer offering one-year deals. “Obviously, I want security,” he told the Sun Sentinel. “The league is an up-and-down league. You never know. I’ve been a part of trades, so I know about security.”
“So I’m going to obviously give it thought on both sides — having security and my comfort with this organization,” Crowder told the Sun Sentinel. "So, hopefully, it all comes together from both sides. And that’s what I really want to do. “But, at the same time, honestly, it’s business. So I’ll leave it at that.”
This is the most intriguing decision the Heat must make among the group. Crowder already had established roots in Miami long before he was traded to the Heat in February. Crowder had his pre-draft party in Miami back in 2012 . It’s where his agent lived, and Crowder said it became home ever since. He moved down permanently three years ago. The question now is will he continue to play for the home team beyond this season?
Crowder, who made $7.8 this season, is someone the Heat could consider signing for more than one season if they were impressed enough with his contributions. He is an example of a player other teams such as the Warriors might pursue and offer a multi-year deal if the Heat does not. “We’ll have to see how the organization feels about my future here,” he said. “And I understand it’s a business, but hopefully we can come together and make both parties happy and continue to grow. I definitely want to be here. There’s no question about that.”
“I really want to make this my home,” Jae Crowder said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “I feel comfortable here, feel comfortable with the whole organization top to bottom. If everything goes as we plan, I’m sure everybody would like to stay together and build off what we’re doing this year and go into next year with the same mind-set.”
“I really want to make this my home,” Jae Crowder said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “I feel comfortable here, feel comfortable with the whole organization top to bottom. If everything goes as we plan, I’m sure everybody would like to stay together and build off what we’re doing this year and go into next year with the same mind-set.”
With their eyes set on 2021 maximum cap space, they are unlikely to offer free-agent targets more than a one-year deal. One player they can target with all their cap space is Danilo Gallinari, whom they pursued in February. $26.5 million is close to the maximum amount Gallinari can receive in a contract extension. If they can’t sign any of their targets, they could operate over the cap to re-sign free agents like Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder and also have the mid-level exception to use.
Jae Crowder did take a bit of time to see if the grass was greener elsewhere, but he didn’t take long to decide to stick with the capital “G” Green. According to league sources, Dallas and New York were the other main suitors for the 6-foot-7 winger, but after finally finding a team that was willing to play to his strengths, he wasn’t about to leave the Celtics. The restricted free agent’s return was secured with a five-year, $35 million deal.
Shams Charania: Boston and Dallas are leaders so far in pursuit of free agent forward Jae Crowder, league sources tell RealGM. Mavs dealt him last season.
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