Free agent F Jae Crowder has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Phoenix Suns, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. This move comes on the heels of the Miami Heat signing former Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley to a two-year, $11.6 million deal.
The 30-year-old Crowder played an instrumental role in the Heat’s NBA Finals run after being acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies at the trade deadline. In 20 games with Miami, Crowder averaged 11.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He also shot an impressive 44.5 percent from three-point range, which was an improvement from his 45-game stint in Memphis.
The Phoenix Suns are getting a player who can replace Kelly Oubre Jr. in the starting lineup and be a nice veteran addition for Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson. He’ll also help them defensively as a quality 3-and-D wing player. Can the Suns be in the mix for a playoff spot after their terrific performance in the bubble in Orlando to close last season?