The Bucks have been in pursuit of forward Jae Crowder for a few months and it appears they finally have struck a deal. It just took Crowder being traded from the Suns to the Nets as part of the Kevin Durant deal first.
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Bucks are acquiring Crowder from the Nets in exchange for five second-round picks.
Crowder has been sitting out the season, as he and the Suns agreed to keep him sidelined until they sought a trade. The Bucks have ben on the lookout for veteran bench help, with Crowder reportedly being at the top of their list.
He appeared in 67 games last season (all starts), averaging 9.4 points on 40 percent shooting, to go with 5.3 rebounds and some strong perimeter defense.
“I’ve spoken to every player that I’ve played with on that team and they all have stressed how much they miss [me] and respect my decision, and I’m thankful for their understanding,” Crowder recently told Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report. “This move of pushing me out the door was a blindsided hit to not only me but my teammates, as you can see from speaking to them and myself and the conversations we’ve had behind closed doors.”
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 9, 2023