NBA Rumors: Suns Weighing Offer, Give Permission To One Team To Speak With Crowder

The Jae Crowder sweepstakes have reached the next stage as we have just 10 days until the NBA trade deadline. In a new development, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Phoenix Suns have given the Milwaukee Bucks permission to speak with Crowder, presumably to ensure he'll be happy to come to the team, and willing to re-sign with them upon entering free agency this summer. 

Charania says a meeting has already taken place, over the weekend, between the Bucks and Crowder.

It's all a part of recent negotiations between the teams, which have apparently seen the Bucks offer three players and second-round picks for the veteran forward. 

Charania reports that the standing offer would see Milwaukee send Jordan Nwora, Serge Ibaka and George Hill along with picks in return for the 10-year veteran Crowder. 

"The Bucks are believed to be the only team that has received permission to visit one-on-one with Crowder," writes Charania, although other teams are still interested as well.

The Miami Heat, in particular, are one of the primary other suitors for Crowder, as they'd like a reunion of the relationship that helped get them to the NBA Finals in 2020 in the Bubble. 

Crowder averaged 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in his two years in Phoenix, while shooting 36.9% from three-point range, close to his career marks. He's been sitting out this season waiting for the Suns to consummate a trade. 

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