NBA rumors: Jae Crowder: Phoenix feels like home

Crowder knows he is a journeyman and has never changed his outlook since the Boston trade, though as he admits he is getting tired of moving. “I do want to make a certain spot my home, and this does feel like home – I’m not gonna lie to you,” Crowder said. “From top to bottom, from (general manager) James Jones, to our coaching staff, to my teammates. It does feel like home, it does feel sacred, but at the same time, it’s a business, so I don’t get too caught up into it. I don’t put my heart into it anymore.”

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Crowder had interest from many teams, including the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, and Charlotte Hornets, league sources told HoopsHype. The Miami Heat also hoped for a return, but the three-year, $30 million offer from the Phoenix Suns, as reported, was too good to pass up.
Michael Scotto: Jae Crowder had interest from many teams, including the Mavericks, Timberwolves, Clippers, and Hornets, league sources told HoopsHype. The Heat also had interest in a return, but the 3-year, $30 million offer from the Phoenix Suns as reported by others was too good to pass up.
Barry Jackson: Can confirm Jae Crowder to Phoenix, per source. Got three years, $29 M plus; Heat only offered one guaranteed season.
Miami has interest in re-signing Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder, but the Heat won't do anything that jeopardizes their chances with Antetokounmpo. (The list of such things might include asking Bam Adebayo to wait until next offseason to sign his new contract -- a way of maximizing cap space for Antetokounmpo. Adebayo and Antetokounmpo share an agent -- Alex Saratsis of Octagon. This is tricky stuff, but I assume everyone will communicate what they need to communicate.)
“My pre-draft workouts, and everything, my agent, he lives in Boca,” the 30-year-old veteran said. “So I stayed in Florida, I stayed in Miami. At the time I was training, I was training in Miami. So I would travel to these cities, where home for me was Miami, because I wanted to be close to my agent and my dad lived in Florida, at the time, as well.” Crowder’s agent is Boca Raton-based Glenn Schwartzman. His father is former NBA player Corey Crowder.
Having his father a short drive away, in Fort Myers, also could play in the Heat’s favor in free agency. “Me and my father speak every day,” Crowder said. "If it wasn’t for him, there’s wouldn’t be a Jae Crowder in the NBA, honest to God’s truth. It’s no if and or buts about it. He helped me lock in mentally and he helped me diagnose the game mentally. He really molded me into who I am today as a basketball player and how I approached the game and my outlook on the game.”
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.
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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Kevin Durant holding out of training camp?

Brian Windhorst spent much of his Friday episode of “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective” podcast talking about Durant’s situation. Windhorst said he felt the Nets won the recent showdown between Durant and team owner Joe Tsai. But Windy doesn’t necessarily think that means all is over between the sides. In fact, Windhorst says he now could see a world where Durant holds out of training camp. “A week ago, if you had asked me, ‘Will Kevin Durant hold out of training camp if he is not traded?’ I would have been like, ‘eh, I can’t see it.’ Now I can see it. That is what we are headed towards,” Windhorst said.
Longtime basketball writer Marc Stein reported on Saturday that a matchup between the Grizzlies and the rival Golden State Warriors is on the NBA’s preliminary schedule for the 2022-23 season. Morant, the Memphis star, responded to the news with some trash talk for Warriors counterpart Draymond Green. “we got what we wanted dray. @Money23Green,” Morant tweeted along with a photo of a heated moment he had on the court with Green last year. Green was actually fairly muted and deferential in his response to Morant, tweeting back, “That’s the power of your voice Young! Let’s gooooo! Bring the fam to the crib for dinner after.”
The lawsuit says that by sharing the photos, those involved — including the deputy at the bar and firefighters weeks later at an awards banquet — violated the victims’ families’ constitutional rights to control images of their loved ones’ remains. “Mrs. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child, and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online,” Bryant’s lawyers wrote in a complaint. “Many social media users have claimed to have seen photos of the victims’ remains, and their accounts are plausible given the number of deputies who took photos, the ease with which cellphone pictures are transmitted and saved in cloud storage, and the Sheriff’s Department’s egregious failure to take reasonable steps to prevent dissemination of the photos.”
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