The upstart Suns, headed by a point guard destined for the Hall of Fame and an All-Star caliber shooting guard of the future, were no match for the Golden State Warriors, and they saw their best opportunity at a title since Steve Nash was their point guard evaporate.
While the club was able to retain their core together (even if re-signing DeAndre Ayton was a fight), reuniting with the same players and expecting different results isn’t a realistic option.
Rather, the Suns need to improve their rotation and make a meaningful run at the championship before Chris Paul retires from actual basketball play. Fortunately, Brian Windhorst reports that the Suns may have a fascinating plan to pursue an on-court upgrade by utilizing Jae Crawford’s expiring deal as leverage.
Possible end of Jae Crowford’s time with the Phoenix Suns. In regards to the Suns’ current on-court chemistry, Windhorst went on a minute-long rant about “what’s going on” in Phoenix and revealed some extremely intriguing facts regarding Crowford’s future with the team.
The Suns are in trade negotiations right now, mainly centered around Jae Crowder, per @WindhorstESPN. Bojan Bogdanovic is a potential target to monitor.
Windhorst also relays Phoenix is working on a long-term contract extension for Cam Johnson. pic.twitter.com/g23IoiqfWw
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According to Windhorst, who was speaking on NBA Live, “(The Suns) have been very active within this last week, they’re conducting business, they’re in trade conversations right now.” These days, many of them revolve around Jae Crowder.
Jae Crowder is currently a free agent; whether or not he is traded before next week’s trade deadline remains to be seen, but he is in the final year of his contract and, you know, it’s feasible that they could do a deal that could bring back more money. When I talk to Bobby and other people, they don’t get the impression that the Suns are unwilling to invest. That they may be increasing their spending.”
This is intriguing, but who may the Suns be interested in signing with Crowford? Is there anything else the Suns could use his deal for than getting rid of money? Thankfully, Windhorst also had a tidbit of knowledge on the subject.
Bojan Bogdanovic of the Utah Jazz is currently a free agent, and he has at least a few suitors. It would not shock me if the Suns entered negotiations with the Jazz to acquire him. I’ve also heard that talks for an extension of Cam Johnson’s contract are in progress.
This wouldn’t affect their salary this season, but it would show they’re committed to another player for the long haul in an effort to prevent another restricted free agency predicament like the one they faced with DeAndre Ayton last year. According to the front office sources I’ve been speaking with, the Suns are treating this upcoming training camp like they’re a legitimate title contender.
If the Suns had to give up a first-round pick and/or an exciting young player to get Danny Ainge to trade for Bogdanovic, would it have been worth it? The future is uncertain, but despite being an instrumental part of the Suns’ playoff push, Crowder’s time in Phoenix appears to be winding down.
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