NBA Rumors: Suns, Bucks, Rockets In 3-Team Trade Discussions

The Phoenix Suns are stepping up their attempts to find a new home for holdout Jae Crowder, as we reported recently. Now comes word of a potential 3-team deal that's been discussed, featuring the Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets.

According to NBA Insider Shams Charania, "multiple league sources said the Suns recently engaged in three-team talks that would have sent Crowder to Milwaukee, four Bucks second-round draft picks along with players to Houston, and Eric Gordon and/or Kenyon Martin Jr. to Phoenix." 

One thing holding up such a transaction is that the Rockets are aiming for much more than just "second-round picks" for Gordon and Martin. They want a first-rounder for the veteran guard Gordon, and a "very good first-rounder" for Martin, writes Charania—if they were even interested in trading him at all.

Martin made noises during the summer of possibly wanting to move on from Houston to a team where he would be more "wanted." But the Rockets have shown him the love this season, stepping up his minutes and his usage, and he's responded with a career high 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 24.2 minutes, while shooting 54% from the field. The two sides have even talked about a longer-term future together. 

Crowder has been sitting out all season after concern about his own status in the Suns' starting lineup. He would be a big add to the Bucks' defense, as well as adding some floor spacing when his shot is on.

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