The Phoenix Suns have a lot of big questions waiting for them this upcoming season. Most notably, how they dealt with Deandre Ayton’s impending restricted agency. However, it looks like they may also be looking to cut ties with some of their other players, including former Boston Celtics winger Jay Crowder.
Crowder, who played for the Celtics from 2015 to 2017, signed a three-year contract with The Suns in 2020. Bleacher Report’s Jake Fisher reported that the Suns had contacted the teams to see how much interest Crowder would have in a potential deal. .
In Fisher’s own words, the sources said, “Phoenix invited competitors to gauge Jay Crowder’s value in the commercial market.”
The implications of the correct deal are unclear in this particular case, but Crowder has one year left on his contract. This season, Crowder has averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 67 games for the Suns. Crowder also hit 39.9 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three.
According to Spotrac, Crowder will owe $10,183,800 in the 2022-23 season. It wouldn’t be difficult for Phoenix to transfer a year-long contract like that to someone like Crowder.
Phoenix is interested in Eric Gordon
Fisher also said that Suns is interested in trading for Eric Gordon of Houston Rockets. Fisher revealed that the Suns were interested in Gordon on a trade deadline earlier in 2022, but the two teams never agreed on a deal. Fisher also added that Suns will be looking to add assets from the 2022 NBA Draft.
“The Suns are linked again with Eric Gordon. Phoenix has had discussions with Houston to acquire Gordon, former teammate of Chris Paul with The Rockets, on the February trade deadline. It is also said that Phoenix is looking for a second-round pick.”
Paul and Gordon played together in Houston from 2017 to 2019 before the Rockets replaced Paul for the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook that summer. Last season, Gordon averaged 13.4 points in 57 games with the Rockets. He scored the highest on field goal percentage, shooting 47.5 percent from the field, and scored his best three-point ground percentage since the 2014-15 season, hitting 41.2 percent from distance.
According to Spotrac, Gordon’s contract expires after the 2023-24 season. However, the final year of his contract, which will pay him $20,917,902, is not guaranteed.
Celtics ready to trade Grant Williams and Peyton Pritchard
Fisher included that Boston, who doesn’t have a first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft due to a Derek White deal, is looking to get one. Not only that, but they’re willing to offer Grant Williams and Peyton Pritchard to get one, but they wouldn’t overpay to do so.
In Fisher’s own words, “Indiana, Utah, Boston and Detroit have all been touted as teams looking to grab picks in the back half of the first round. To do so, the Celtics seem willing to engage in talks about rotating players like Grant Williams and Peyton Pritchard, but only at the right price.” “.
Zach Harper previously mentioned that Boston has a high profile in LSU striker Tarry Eason and is willing to trade for him. They could offer Pritchard and/or Williams for his recruiting rights, but whether that will be enough to entice teams that pick in the first round remains to be seen.
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