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


  • The Phoenix Suns are reportedly open to trading Jae Crowder
  • Acquring Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson puts them in prime title contention
  • Suns own all of their picks between 2023 and 2029

The Phoenix Suns' championship hopes could hinge on the return they get for Jae Crowder and early rumors suggest they could get the Utah Jazz's Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanovic.

NBA insider Brian Windhorst reported on ESPN's NBA Today program that the Suns have been "very active in the last week conducting business."

"Folks that I'm talking to, they don't get the sense that the Suns are afraid to continue to spend. It would not surprise me if the Suns get involved in the negotiations for Bojan Bogdanovic from the Utah Jazz... The Suns are operating like a championship contender looking to improve their team heading into camp," Windhorst stated.

Swinging Crowder, 32, for Bogdanovic can be seen as a lateral move since their skills are practically the same, but the Croatian forward could better fit the Suns' agenda.

Throughout their careers, Bogdanovic is shooting the ball from beyond the arc at 39.2%, while Crowder has a respectable 34.6% and has proven to be a hot-and-cold prospect from deep.

Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz
Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Utah Jazz in action during the second half of Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Bogdanovic may be a year older than Crowder, but his consistency as a three-point marksman could prove invaluable to the Suns this season despite them losing out on Crowder's defensive impact.

With their foot theoretically in the door, the Suns would do well to also include the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year in Clarkson during negotiations.

Using the ESPN Trade Machine, a potential trade between the Suns and Jazz involving the aforementioned names could look like this:

Phoenix Suns receive:

- F Bojan Bogdanovic

- G Jordan Clarkson

Utah Jazz receive:

- F Jae Crowder

- SG Landry Shamet

- G Cameron Payne

- SF Torrey Craig

The inclusions of Payne, Shamet and Craig are necessary evils because of the cap, but it could be argued that getting Clarkson and Bogdanovic would be worth the trouble.

The Jazz, led by general manager Danny Ainge, would want picks in return as well and the Suns are in a prime position to make a splash since they own all of their draft picks from 2023 to 2029.

It would likely cost them two first-rounders because of the talent headed their way, but it could be worth it because of their skill sets.

Clarkson would still be coming off the bench while Bogdanovic will fight it out with Dario Saric for the starting power forward spot.

The proposed trade is as win-win as it gets for both parties and the Suns would put themselves as contenders to win it all this year if it does happen.

Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz
Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz reacts after scoring a three point basket against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of their game November 27, 2021 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Chris Gardner/Getty Images