Disgruntled forward Jae Crowder is on his way out of the Phoenix Suns after he and the organization agreed that he does not participate in the team's training camp as they try to find a suitable trade for him. While plenty of teams could use Crowder's toughness, leadership, and three-point shooting, could the Chicago Bulls swing a deal that can bring the 10-year veteran to the Windy City?
Crowder's tenure in Phoenix comes to an end
Between Crowder's expiring contract and the Suns' decision to hand up-and-coming forward Cam Johnson with more responsibilities, it was clear that the 32-year-old didn't have a future in Arizona. And while he averaged 9.4 points and shot 34% from three-point range in 67 games last season, Crowder's production wasn't enough to merit a more prominent role on a Suns team looking to make noise in the Western Conference playoff race.
The Suns and Crowder agreed that it would be best for him not to participate in training camp as they continue to look for a trade partner. From the looks of it, Crowder is already looking forward to a new home.
Could the Bulls make a trade for Crowder?
After tasting the first round of the playoffs last year, the Bulls hope to take the next step and compete for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference this season. And while they have made some solid additions in the offseason, one can't help but wonder if they could use another veteran presence like Crowder.
Crowder would give the Bulls another three-point shooter and a tough defender that can match up with the likes of Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant. With more than a hundred playoff games under his belt, Crowder would also provide some much-needed experience to a young Bulls team that is still learning how to close out games.
The biggest question mark surrounding a potential trade for Crowder is what the Suns would be asking in return. The Bulls have some interesting pieces on their roster, but it remains to be seen if they're willing to part ways with any of them for a rental player like Crowder.
Could Coby White be enough to pry Crowder away from the Suns? Only time will tell, but one thing's for sure: the Bulls are a team to keep an eye on as the saga between Crowder and the Suns continue to unfold.