Rival GM Slams Jae Crowder: "Like, You're Not That Good, Bro!"

Jae Crowder has been sitting at home all season, waiting for the Phoenix Suns to fulfil his trade request. But an unnamed NBA general manager says there's a good reason that a Crowder trade hasn't materialized yet. And he holds nothing back:

He just didn’t show up! He said he’s not playing unless he gets a contract extension that he wants. I think a lot of teams are turned off by that in and of itself. Like, ‘What? You don’t want to play for one of the best teams in the NBA and PROVE that you’re worth it so you can get a contract next year? Like, you’re not that good, bro. What are you doing?’ It’s a weird dynamic. It’s one thing if Kevin Durant’s holding out because he’s not getting paid enough, but Jae Crowder? Seriously?

The anonymous GM told Steve Bulpett of Heavy.com that the 6'6" Crowder was already playing an important role on a contending team, and "I don’t think he’s helping himself here" with the trade demand.

Crowder is on an expiring contract at $10.2M, and was hoping for an extension from the Suns, which wasn't forthcoming. He also saw that Cam Johnson was ticketed for his starting role at the four, and decided he'd rather move on. 

“I just don’t understand this, and I’m not alone,” the GM said. “He was playing a great role, and he fit into their team — and they’re a good team. And he was surrounded by some great players that could have made him look better. All you’ve got to do is shoot 40% from 3 and play the role that you’ve always played, and you probably ARE going to get paid. If not by Phoenix, then someone’s going to pay you. He just had to play the year and show that he’s a great leader and has a great attitude.”

That's all gone by the wayside now, and Crowder continues to sit at home, and his reputation continues to take a hit. 

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