Skip to main content

Can the Chicago Bulls make a trade for disgruntled Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder?

The Chicago Bulls can pounce on the tempestuous relationship between Jae Crowder and the Phoenix Suns.
Phoenix Suns' forward Jae Crowder defending Chicago Bulls' star DeMar DeRozan

Jae Crowder, DeMar DeRozan

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.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

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.

JJ Redick & Phoenix Suns

JJ Redick shares what makes the Phoenix Suns an even better team and a legitimate contender this season- “I think it makes them a title contender”

Redick notes Bridges' improvements this season before saying that Bridges may be the X factor that could help the Suns emerge as title contenders this season

Charles Barkley & Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Despite not knowing his name, Charles Barkley offers a stern warning to the public if Shai Gilgeous-Alexander isn’t an All-Star starter this season

Barkley said SGA should be an All-Star starter, but couldn't manage to say his name correctly, and hilariously referred to him as Shai Alexander Gilchrist in the process

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert

"You always calling for a ball screen, f*ck all that" - Iman Shumpert discusses his on-court battles with Kevin Durant

Iman Shumpert reveals Kevin Durant was the hardest player he had to guard in his career

Larry Bird

"It makes me sick to my stomach" - Larry Bird on tanking in the NBA

If Larry Legend knew his team was tanking, he would've left it outright.

Chicago Bulls forward Toni Kukoc

"I knew when I'd come here I am going to be this rookie kid that carries bags" - Toni Kukoc on how European players felt criticized coming into the NBA

His European basketball legacy may have not mattered in the NBA, but for Kukoc, he was still the "Croatian Sensation"

New Jersey Nets forward Kenyon Martin

“Everything after that was just basketball” — Kenyon Martin revealed the best moment of his career

For K-Mart, being drafted in the NBA was monumental but not a dream-come-true.