NBA Rumors: Suns Rejected This Wizards Offer For Jae Crowder

The Jae Crowder stalemate continues in Phoenix, with the forward sitting home and waiting for a trade. The Suns have been working on it, in varying degrees of urgency to this point in the season, and we have word of a recent offer they turned down.

NBA Insider Marc Stein reports:

League sources say that the Wizards recently pursued Crowder with a deal structure (believed to feature Rui Hachimura) that the Suns rebuffed. Phoenix is said to be holding out for a certifiable starter in a Crowder deal. 

Hachimura is a fine player, now in his 4th season with the Wizards, averaging 12.9 points and 5.2 rebounds during those 3+ years. But he's likely not the "certifiable starter" that Phoenix is looking for. Perhaps, though, they might need to re-adjust their expectations. 

Three other Eastern Conference teams, the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks have been widely regarded as the leading suitors for the 32-year-old Crowder. 

With the Suns finally getting a new owner in place, as announced this week, head coach Monty Williams hints that could start moving the needle on any potential trades. 

"I'm sure when you finally do get some kind of direction in terms of ownership, it allows for you to... make more decisions going forward. It's pretty obvious we haven't done anything, along with other teams, but if you get someone in place, that probably makes it a little bit easier to make decisions."

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