The The sun have reached an agreement to sign Jay Crowder on a three-year contract, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter). The deal will cost only $ 30 million, says Tweet Reynolds of The Associated Press. Phoenix will use its full mid-level exception to complete the signing.
Crowder, who finished the season in Miami, explored a new deal with Heat, but was looking for a guaranteed long-term commitment that the Heat didn’t feel comfortable with, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald (Twitter link)
League sources told Michael Scott of HoopsHype (link to Twitter) that Crowder had also sparked interest from Mavericks,, Wooden wolves,, Trimmers, and Hornets, but this offer from Phoenix was ultimately too good to miss.
The 30-year-old Crowder offers value as a three-and-D player who is the size to keep bigger wings. He also played some of his best basketball at the right time during his contract year.
After being traded from Grizzlies to Heath last season’s deadline, the veteran made 44.5% of his three-pointers for Miami in 20 games to finish the season, then started all 21 races after the season as Heat reached two wins the title.
After securing a commitment from Crowder and trading for an All Star star Chris Paul earlier in the week, the Suns looked like an intriguing contender for the Western Conference playoffs this season. The team finished five games under .500 in 2019/20, but had an impressive 8-0 run in the Walt Disney World bubble, raising expectations for ’20 / 21.
Paul and Crowder will join a promising group that includes a star guard Devin Booker, former number 1 Deandre Ayton, and young wings Bridges of Mikal and Cameron Johnson, among others. The Suns also still hope to re-sign a limited free agent ahead Dario Saric, for John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 (Twitter link).
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