Report: Hawks emerging as a trade destination for Jae Crowder

Nate McMillan

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:

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.

Photographer: Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire

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