Warriors between Suns’ Jae Crowder trade suitors with Bucks, Hawks
Report: Warriors among ‘several’ Jae Crowder trade suitors originally appeared NBC Sports Bay Area
The Warriors haven’t started the 2022-23 NBA season like they probably imagined, with a 9-10 record and just one win on the road.
Could reinforcements be on the way? Trade rumors have swirled lately by Golden State thanks to the team’s slow start, and Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus reported Wednesday that the Warriors are among ‘several suitors’ for latent Phoenix Suns come in Jae Crowder.
Crowder has been on the block since the offseason and hasn’t played since the Suns lost Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals to the Dallas Mavericks. The Suns have long wanted to move on from Crowder, and the 32-year-old is in the final year of his contract with Phoenix after averaging 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 67 games during the ‘NBA 2021-22. season
A league executive told Pincus that an eventual deal for Crowder could include “three, four or even five NBA franchises” when all is said and done.
So where do the Warriors fit in?
Golden State’s two-way timeline has been under a microscope this season as they try to win with stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson i Draymond Green while developing young people Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody i James Wisemanwho was recently assigned to the G League.
The Warriors have made that clear they still believe in Wiseman’s potential and have claimed in the past that none of their young cores are available for trade.
But his pair of two-way players, Anthony Lamb and You Jerome, both of whom have averaged more minutes than Kuminga and Moody over the team’s last five games. And Wiseman has been playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors since last Tuesday with plans for him to stay there “for an extended period of time,” coach Steve Kerr said.
With Curry playing the best basketball of his career at age 34 on a team ranked No. 11 in the Western Conference, exactly how long Golden State is willing to wait for its young trio to develop is the question. There are other pieces on the Warriors’ roster that could be considered in a trade, but their group of former lottery picks is arguably the most attractive.
Crowder, with 10 seasons of NBA experience, would provide an instant veteran presence that has thrived on the court for Golden State in past seasons, as well as a clear increase in size at 6-foot-6 like the 7-foot-1 Wiseman. works to meet expectations.
There’s still plenty of time for the Warriors to figure things out without making a trade, of course, especially since Thompson seems to have found his opportunity and the team has won their last three games with all the starters playing.
And as Dub Nation knows all too well, Golden State tends to prove its doubters wrong.
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