NBA Rumours: Warriors Among Suns’ Suitors Jae Crowder Trades Suitors With the Bucks and Hawks
The Warriors haven’t started the 2022-23 NBA season as they might have hoped, with a 9-10 record and just one road win.
Are reinforcements on their way? Due to the Warriors’ sluggish start, trade speculations have been circulating, and Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus stated Wednesday that the Warriors are among “many suitors” for dormant Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder.
Crowder has been on the trade market throughout the offseason and hasn’t played since the Suns’ Game 5 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals.
Crowder has been on the Suns’ radar for some time, and the 32-year-old is in the final year of his deal after averaging 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 67 games during the 2021-22 NBA season.
One league executive informed Pincus that a final agreement for Crowder might include “three, four, or even five NBA franchises.”
So, How Do the Warriors Fit in?
This season, Golden State’s two-way timeline has been scrutinized as the team tries to win with stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green while simultaneously developing rookies Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, and James Wiseman, who was just assigned to the G League.
The Warriors have maintained that they still believe in Wiseman’s potential and that none of their young core members are available for trade.
However, its two-way players, Anthony Lamb and Ty Jerome have both played more minutes than Kuminga and Moody over the team’s last five games. And Wiseman has been with the Santa Cruz Warriors since last Tuesday, with intentions for him to stay for “an extended amount of time,” according to coach Steve Kerr.
With Curry playing the finest basketball of his career at the age of 34 on a team ranked 11th in the Western Conference, the issue is how long Golden State is ready to wait for their young trio to grow.
There are other pieces on the Warriors’ roster that may be traded, but their group of past lottery picks is unquestionably the most appealing.
Crowder, who has played in the NBA for ten seasons, would give an immediate veteran presence that has thrived on the court for Golden State in previous seasons, as well as a noticeable size boost at 6-foot-6 while the 7-foot-1 Wiseman attempts to meet expectations.
Of course, the Warriors have plenty of time to figure things out without making a trade, especially since Thompson appears to have found his shot and the team has won its last three games with all of its starters on the floor.
And, as Dub Nation is all too aware, Golden State has a habit of proving its detractors wrong.