Jae Crowder, Suns Agree To Three-Year Deal

The Suns have reached an agreement to sign Jae Crowder to a three-year contract, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter). The deal will be worth just shy of $30MM, tweets Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press. Phoenix will use its full mid-level exception to complete the signing.

Crowder, who finished the season in Miami, reportedly explored a new deal with the Heat, but was seeking a guaranteed multiyear commitment that the Heat weren’t comfortable with, per Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald (Twitter link).

League sources tell Michael Scotto of HoopsHype (Twitter link) that Crowder also drew interest from the Mavericks, Timberwolves, Clippers, and Hornets, but that Phoenix’s offer was ultimately too good to pass up.

Crowder, 30, provides value as a three-and-D player who has the size to guard bigger wings. He also played some of his best basketball at exactly the right time in his contract year.

After being traded from the Grizzlies to the Heat at last season’s deadline, the veteran forward made 44.5% of his threes for Miami in 20 games to finish the season, then started all 21 postseason contests as the Heat came within two wins of a title.

Having secured a commitment from Crowder and having traded for All-Star point guard Chris Paul earlier in the week, the Suns are looking like an intriguing playoff contender in the Western Conference this season. The team finished five games below .500 in 2019/20, but had an impressive 8-0 run in the Walt Disney World bubble, increasing expectations for ’20/21.

Paul and Crowder will join a promising group that includes star guard Devin Booker, former No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton, and young wings Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson, among others. The Suns also still hope to re-sign restricted free agent forward Dario Saric, per John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 (Twitter link).

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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26 thoughts on “Jae Crowder, Suns Agree To Three-Year Deal

    • Tatsumaki

      Suns get much better

      Cp3
      Booker
      Cam/bridges
      Crowder
      Ayton

      Gotta give james Jones props

      • afsooner02

        Agreed but they’re still no better than the 5-6th best team in the west

        • Considering they haven’t made the playoffs in over a decade, I don’t think the fans will care much.

        • Tatsumaki

          West standings

          Lakers
          Nuggets
          Clippers
          Houston
          Dallas
          Suns
          Jazz
          Warriors

          Blazers just miss playoffs

          • brewpackbuckbadg

            What happens in Houston is still very much up in the air. I don’t care how competitive Harden and Westbrook are, when they both want out it will not be good for the team.

          • raz427

            I actually would replace Clippers with Blazers, simply because Portland is a bit deeper now than Clippers. Outside of Kawhi/Pandemic P and Sweet Lou, they aren’t as deep as they once were.

  1. Dxit90a

    Good signing now need some bench players . They will make the playoffs next year for sure unless CP3 gets injured .

  2. yoyo137

    Jae got signed for the MLE??? Why did the Blazers sign DJJ?????????????

  3. stretch123

    Good signing by Phoenix. Can’t fault him for taking the 30 mil.. Gonna miss him in Miami.

  4. Dunkinstompin

    Suns got a playoff squad unless CP3 goes back to his old habits.

  5. JBHoops

    “Walt Disney World Bubble.”

    I’ll take 2020 Terms for $200, Alex.

  6. Sillivan

    3-year 30M

    Right Price

    5th seed Jazz
    6th seed Blazers
    7th seed Mavs
    8th seed Rockets or Suns

  7. Curtisrowe

    I am not a huge Crowder fan but I don’t get why the heat dropped so much money on Leonard when Crowder signed for pretty much the same amount.

    • jeremyn

      because he didn’t… the heat offered Crowder the same deal…. the difference is the Heat contracts are 1+… meaning just a 1 year deal in reality. Crowder took 3 years guaranteed than a what if next year. I don’t blame him but he’ll be missed in Miami

  8. KnickerbockerAl

    Yes agree good move. Need to resign Saric now. He and Crowder are solid around Ayton. Got a nice contract too. Best players in NBA are 2way players.

  9. raz427

    Phoenix is building a gritty team. I like it. I always thought Coach Williams had a raw deal in New Orleans. This team will surprise a few teams. The west is going to be a gauntlet once again.

  10. siggers84

    Great move for Suns. These will be fun to watch next season. 7/8 seed next year.

  11. siggers84

    West Standings

    Lakers
    Nuggets
    Mavericks
    Clippers
    Rockets
    Blazers
    Jazz
    Suns

  12. formerlyz

    not going to lie, Phoenix is much improved…Also, not going to pretend I’m not salty the Heat lost Crowder in such a dumb way, for such a small difference. I get wanting multiyear money, especially coming off an insanely team friendly contract the last 5 years, but the Heat were obviously going to take care of him. Also, 1 year 14 million suggests that even if the Heat wouldnt have given him a strong multiyear deal next year, someone else would have definitely beaten the $30 million total he signed for these next 3 years

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