Celtics Want New Deal With Jae Crowder

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made it clear that he’d like to have soon-to-be restricted free agent Jae Crowder back with the team next year in comments the executive made in his weekly appearance on the Toucher & Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston (audio link). Ainge has spoken highly of Crowder in the past, but his latest remark seemingly demonstrates a desire to continue the partnership that began when Boston acquired the former 34th overall pick this past December in the Rajon Rondo trade.

“We really did like Jae Crowder, and we feel like he’s a big part of our team going forward,” Ainge said to the 98.5 hosts, according to Ben Rohrbach of WEEI.com (Twitter link).

The C’s can match any competing offers for the swingman who turns 25 in July as long as they tender a qualifying offer worth just $1,181,348. Crowder has expressed a contentment in Boston, where he’s seen a more significant role than he had during his two and a half seasons with the Mavericks. He’s averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 24.2 minutes for the Celtics, making 17 starts in 57 regular season appearances, and those averages are all slightly higher in two postseason games for Boston so far. Crowder has come off the bench in both playoff contests, but he’s fourth on the team in postseason minutes per game.

Little is certain for the Celtics, who have a vast supply of trade exceptions and only about $40MM in guaranteed salary for next season after having made a surprise playoff run this year. The C’s can’t sign Crowder to an extension or trade him before the end of June, so if they want to use one of the exceptions around draft time and open cap space in July, they couldn’t swap Crowder to accommodate such a move. Boston can sign-and-trade Crowder once the July Moratorium is over or let him simply sign with another team, but it appears as though the Celtics and the Glenn Schwartzman client both have motivation to stick together into 2015/16. The C’s have his Bird Rights, and a deal for at least the value of the $3.376MM taxpayer’s midlevel exception sounds as if it’s in order, though that’s just my speculation.

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8 thoughts on “Celtics Want New Deal With Jae Crowder

  1. 123Redsox

    Let Bass walk. Sign Crowder, Jerebko. Pick up Pressey’s option. Sign LaMarcus Aldridge. Draft willie cauley-stein and R.J. Hunter.
    Aldridge, Sullinger,Turner, Bradley and Smart start. Second team Thomas, Hunter, Crowder, Olynyk/ Zeller, Cauley-Stein 3rd team Pressey, Young,Jerebko
    Aldridge adds an inside presence offensively, defensevely and rebounding and Hunter adds deadly outside shooting

    • guccci7383

      i think if aldrigge leaves the blazers he’s going home to texas for the rockets or mavs who both have intrest in hi and are closer to a title then the c’s

      • 123Redsox

        Harden,Howard and Aldridge would be a real turkey. Wouldn’t want to face them. With Norwitzki still with the Mavericks I don’t see a fit as they would like tohhave a defensive oriented player like Tyson Chandler next to Dirk. The Celtics are a lot closer than you think. Although I do agree that he probably won’t go to Boston, it would be ideal as a Boston fan.

  2. boston2az

    Interesting. You think that Cauley-Stein is going to be available at their pick?

    • 123Redsox

      No but I can see them trading up to get him. The Celtics have a nice assortment of young players and draft picks. I can definitely see them pulling it off. Perhaps the Nets 15′ pick and Zeller/ Olynyk

  3. 123Redsox

    Cauley-Stein will win defensive player of the year in the NBA. His athleticism and size is an incredible combination

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