The Phenix Suns currently stand at 8-3 and are the third-best Western Conference record. Phoenix is also in first place in Pacific Division. SF Cam Johnson had surgery last week to repair a partially damaged meniscus. He was starting this season for veteran Jae Crowder, who hasn’t logged a single minute this season. Crowder is now being linked to trade rumors.
Crowder discovered this summer that the Suns wouldn’t offer him an extension and that Crowder would not be in the starting line-up for the season. Now with Johnson’s injury, it’s becoming more likely that the Suns will end up trading Crowder. The Suns have not changed their decision and both sides wait for a deal.
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Jae Crowder’s trade talks are heating up again
Both sides seem ready to end their relationship. The one thing they can agree on is that they don’t want Crowder to play for the Suns. Bridges have been burned and there’s no going back from this. The Suns will likely be approached by teams to make a deal.
“In the last few days, from what I understand, the Suns have picked up their Jae Crowder conversations,”… “And tried to reengage on some old talks, so I am told.” – Brian Windhorst
“Now, does that mean they will find a deal? Obviously they’ve had some impetus to do that. It was bad news when Cam Johnson got hurt, but good news he was able to have a surgery where it was a partial removal as opposed to a repair, which would have meant him being out for the year.” – Brain Windhorst
Johnson is out at least one to 2 moths, and the Suns could really benefit from an extra forward during that time. Initially, Phoenix asked for shooting help in exchange for Crowder. They may now need to find another forward in their rotation while Johnson is out of town.