The Miami Heat have put together a productive start to the NBA offseason. They brought back Goran Dragic on a two-year deal but it appears likely that Jae Crowder will do the same. There will be other teams interested in him in free agency.
According to Five Reasons Sports, the Miami Heat are likely ‘out of the picture’ to re-sign Crowder in free agency. Unless they were to ‘budge on the years’ on a potential contract offer. Teams like the Clippers, Lakers, and Mavericks are ‘showing interest’ in signing him.
The main objective for the Heat is clear— preserve as much cap space for next NBA offseason as possible. So budging on the years is something that doesn’t appear to be in the cards for Miami. Even if they did, trading away Crowder would be a need upon a commitment to sign from a superstar.
It’s clear the impact Crowder provided the Heat throughout the NBA playoffs was vital in key moments of their run. He provided blistering hot perimeter shooting execution to help elevate Miami in a needed way. Losing his ‘3-and-D’ impact would hurt.
The contributions that Crowder provided the Heat certainly caught the attention of elite Western Conference teams— evidenced by the interest from the Clippers, Lakers, and Mavericks. If he wants to remain on a contender, those teams wouldn’t be bad choices.
During the 2019-20 NBA season, Jae Crowder was traded mid-season by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Miami Heat. He truly caught his stride after the deal— posting averages of 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on a 44.5% 3-point clip.
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