NBA rumours: Warriors among Suns’ Jae Crowder trade suitors with Bucks, Hawks

The Warriors didn’t start the 2022-23 NBA season the way they likely envisioned it, with a 9-10 record and just one win on the road.

Could reinforcements be on the way? Trade rumors have swirled around the Golden State recently thanks to the team’s slow start, and Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus reported Wednesday that the Warriors are among “many suitors” for Phoenix Suns sleeping forward Jay Crowder.

Crowder has been on the trade block since the offseason and has not played since the Suns lost Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals to the Dallas Mavericks. The Suns have wanted to move on from Crowder for a while now, 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 across 67 games during the 2021-22 NBA season.

One league executive told Pincus that Crowder’s eventual deal could include “three, four, even five NBA franchises” when all is said and done.

So where is the Warriors’ place?

Golden State’s two-way schedule has been under the microscope this season as they try to win with stars Steve Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green while also developing youngsters Jonathan Cuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman, who was recently hired to the G League.

The Warriors have made it clear that they still believe in Wiseman’s potential and have stated in the past that none of their youngsters are available for the trade.

But his two-way players Anthony Lamb and Ty Jerome have averaged more minutes than Cuminga and Moody in the team’s last five matches. Coach Steve Kerr said 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.

With Curry playing the best basketball of his career at 34 on a team that ranks 11th in the Western Conference, the question is exactly how long Golden State is willing to wait for their young trio to develop. There are other Warriors’ roster pieces that could be considered in the trade, but their collection of past lottery picks is certainly the most enticing.

Crowder, with 10 seasons of NBA experience, would provide an instant veteran presence that has thrived on the court for Golden State in seasons past, as well as a clear increase in size at 6-foot-6 as the 7-foot-1 Wiseman works to live up to expectations.

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There’s still time for the Warriors to figure things out without making a trade, of course, especially since Thompson seems to have found his shot and the team has won its last three games with all starters.

And as Dub Nation knows all too well, the Golden State tends to prove its doubters wrong.

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