Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams  giving instructions to his players.
Head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns talks with Chris Paul #3, Deandre Ayton #22, Mikal Bridges #25, Jae Crowder #99 and Devin Booker #1 in the second half of game five of the NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks at Footprint Center on July 17, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Getty Images | Christian Petersen


  • Jae Crowder will sit out  the Suns' training camp until Phoenix finds a trade partner
  • Crowder's return to Heat is suggested, but a deal will depend on the financial exchange
  • NBA contenders would benefit by adding Crowder who has wealth of pro basketball experience

The Phoenix Suns have a full plate of problems right now, and among them is finding the right personnel who will be aligned with their 2022-23 NBA season campaign.

One player who is expected to exit soon is Jae Crowder.

The 32-year-old cager and the Suns have reportedly agreed to find a trade partner, but no team has come forward as of this writing according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

It appears part of that agreement is Crowder sitting out the Phoenix Suns' training camp as the two sides try to work out a trade.

Last NBA season, Crowder saw action in 67 regular season games, averaging 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

In the playoffs, he played in 13 games and delivered fairly similar numbers of 9.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.

Given that he is a veteran who has played on teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat, there is no question that the former Marquette Golden Eagle would be a key addition to squads looking to make a serious run at the Larry O' Brien trophy.

One franchise that has been mentioned as a potential landing spot is th Heat.

Crowder could return to the South Beach squad, a reunion that would make sense per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Miami is looking for someone to fill the void left by PJ Tucker with the Heat seemingly appearing short of power forwards.

It will be recalled that Crowder was part of the same team that made it to the 2020 NBA Finals, where the Heat lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

One of the highlights of the veteran forward was during the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals, where he scored 22 points in their Game 1 win over the Boston Celtics.

Assuming Miami will be Crowder's next stop, it will be interesting who the team would give up in exchange.

Phoenix is reportedly not interested in taking in pricey long-term contracts and may likely opt for salary-matching pieces in any potential Crowder trade scenarios.

Jae Crowder, Phoenix Suns
Jae Crowder #99 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after scoring against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of Game One of the Western Conference First Round NBA Playoffs at Footprint Center on April 17, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Pelicans 110-109. Christian Petersen/Getty Images