March 20, 2023

Rumors: Suns comes close to finalizing three-team trade involving Jae Crowder prior to match vs Dubs

Mar 23, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) celebrates the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns have nearly pulled the trigger to finally close their saga with Jae Crowder.

Responding to Marc Stein’s report that there were “credible rumblings” that the Suns have made progress about their trade scenario with Crowder, Yahoo! Sports’ Jake Fischer has revealed that the club nearly finalized a three-team deal circling around the wingman prior to their Wednesday matchup against the Golden State Warriors.

The final moments of the trade resolution could have been happening now with Crowder hinting on his Instagram story, wherein a clock emoji portrays a cryptic message.

The embattled veteran remains estranged with the Suns since this season’s  training camp, as the club is working a trade for the greater benefit of both sides.

Crowder, 32, averaged 9.7 points, 5.0 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 127 total games for the Suns in the last two seasons. His three-year, $29MM deal will expire following this 2022-23 campaign.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks were rumored as teams interested to acquire his service.