The Phoenix Suns set a franchise-best 64-18 record last season, finishing on top of the Western Conference. However, a Luka Doncic outburst put them out of the playoffs in the conference semifinals. Having been recognized as a title contender over the past two seasons, the Suns are aware that spending now will take them a step closer.
Recent reports have suggested that the Suns are willing to let Jae Crowder go, and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst commented on the team’s trade negotiations.
“Very active within this last week. They are conducting business, they’re in trade negotiations right now. A lot of them are centered around Jae Crowder,” Windhorst said.
Jae Crowder’s availability
Jae Crowder has been making deep playoff runs over the last few seasons, including two finals appearances. He was an integral piece on the Miami Heat roster during the 2020 NBA Finals, and a year later, he made the finals again, but with the Phoenix Suns.
Crowder made valuable contributions for the Suns throughout the 2021-22 season – averaging 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists over 67 games. However, with his contract close to expiry, the Suns are testing the market for his value.
“It does indicate that they are looking to invest long-term in another player, and avoid the situation they had with DeAndre Ayton last year,” Windhorst said. “From a front office perspective, from the folks that I’m talking to, the Suns are operating like a championship contender looking to improve their team.”
Will Bojan Bogdanovic fit within the Suns’ system?
Amidst the roster shuffle the Utah Jazz has undergone over the summer, their franchise is clearly focused on the future. They’ve also opened trade conversations with multiple teams regarding Bojan Bogdanovic, with the LA Lakers showing interest. However, the Suns could join the race too.
“It would not surprise me if the Suns get involved in negotiations for Bojan Bogdanovic from the Utah Jazz,” Brian Windhorst suggested.
Bojan Bogdanovic is a volume shooter who averaged 18.1 points over 69 games last season, including a 38.7% conversion from deep. The Suns have a well-oiled offensive system in which a shooter like Bogdanovic can strive, making them a more significant threat going into the 2022-23 season.