The Phoenix Suns have been very busy this offseason and are looking to push into the playoff picture in the Western Conference. Chris Paul was acquired in a big trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, the Suns have added veteran forward Jae Crowder to the roster.
According to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Suns have signed Crowder to a three-year contract worth $30 million.
Crowder is a quality addition for the young Suns. As they look to compete for the playoffs, they are working to bring in veteran pieces. Paul and Crowder both have a ton of experience, especially in the postseason.
Not only is Crowder going to bring experience, he is the exact kind of small-ball forward that Phoenix needs. He can stretch the floor and play top-notch perimeter defense. This move will help the Suns on both sides of the ball.
Last season with the Miami Heat, Crowder was a key part of their run to the NBA Finals. He was traded to the Heat midway through the season and ended up playing in 20 games and started in eight of them. Crowder averaged 11.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
At 30 years old, Crowder is still in his prime and can offer a lot to the Suns. Phoenix needed to add more depth around Paul and Devin Booker. Crowder could even end up pushing to be a starter.
It will be interesting to see how the Suns look this season. They have made the moves necessary to make a run at the postseason. If the team fits together well, they could be a force to be reckoned with.
Expect to see the Suns continue to be active. They may not be done quite yet. Jae Crowder is a big-time addition and Phoenix has to be happy with the offseason they have put together so far.