The Suns have been trying to work out three-team trade that would send forward Jae Crowder to the Bucks, via the Rockets, but the sides haven’t been able to come to terms, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
As part of the deal, the Suns would have received guard Eric Gordon and small forward Kenyon Martin Jr. from the Rockets, while the Bucks landed Crowder and sent four second-round picks and some players to the Rockets, per Charania.
The Rockets have nixed the deal so far, though, as they are seeking a first-round pick to surrender Gordon, and that has been the case since the summer. Apparently, that stance has not changed.
It also seems as if they remain apprehensive about trading Martin, despite reports that he would like to be moved.
With all that in mind, the Bucks are at the center here in trying to obtain Crowder, and may reach out to another team to help facilitate a trade.
The Heat are also believed to have discussed a Crowder deal with the Suns, and sources told Hoops Wire late last month that the Wizards also have an interest. Along with that, he has been linked to the Knicks and Warriors.
Crowder, 32, is 6-foot-6 and appeared in 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. He requested a trade before the start of this season, though, and has yet to play.