The NBA regular season is right around the corner, but the Hawks may not be done changing their roster. We always know Travis Schlenk is looking for a deal, and now, according to Shams Charania — he could be moving for a piece from the 2021 Western Conference Champion:
Eastern Conference contender emerges as interested suitor for Suns' Jae Crowder: pic.twitter.com/oxw12tvnUt
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 10, 2022
Jae Crowder probably isn’t a player that is going to be the final piece of a championship team, but he seems like a good fit for the Hawks. Crowder has always been a tenacious perimeter defender, and he can knockdown a couple of three balls — shooting at almost a 35% clip last season and for his whole career.
Crowder’s value comes from his switch-ability; he can guard a lot of positions and serve as a glue guy on a contender. His veteran leadership and experience is also a huge plus for a young team. The Hawks badly need that type of guy, but does a trade make sense?
Crowder has one year left on his deal with a $10 million cap hit for this season. When he hits free agency in 2023, he will be 33 years old. He would be a true rental for the Hawks. I’m not sure who they would have to give up, but with Crowder requesting a trade, this would be a tremendous addition providing they wouldn’t be sending Phoenix anything significant.
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