Report: Warriors among “several” Jae Crowder commercial contenders originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Warriors didn’t start the 2022-23 NBA season like they probably envisioned, with a 9-10 record and just one win on the road.
Could reinforcements be on the way? Golden State trade rumors have been circulating lately thanks to the team’s slow start, and Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus reported Wednesday that the Warriors are among “several contenders” for dormant Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder.
Crowder has been on the trading block since the offseason and has not played since the Suns lost Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals to the Dallas Mavericks. The Suns have wanted to move away from Crowder for some time, and the 32-year-old is in the final year of his contract with Phoenix after averaging 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1. Had 9 assists this season.
A league executive told Pincus that an eventual deal for Crowder could include “three, four, even five NBA franchises” when all is said and done.
Where do the Warriors fit in?
Golden State’s two-way timeline has come under scrutiny this season as they attempted to win with stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green while also beating youngsters Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman, recently assigned to the G League.
The Warriors have made it clear that they still believe in Wiseman’s potential, stating in the past that none of their young cores are available for trade.
But their pair of two-wayers, Anthony Lamb and Ty Jerome, have both averaged more minutes than Kuminga and Moody in the team’s last five games. And Wiseman has been playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors since last Tuesday with plans to remain there “for an extended period,” said coach Steve Kerr.
With Curry playing the best basketball of his career at age 34 on a team that ranks 11th in the Western Conference, how long Golden State is willing to wait for their teenage trio to develop. There are other pieces on the Warriors list that could be considered for a swap, but their group of ex-lottery picks is certainly the most enticing.
Crowder, with 10 seasons of NBA experience, would offer an instant veteran presence having found success on the court for Golden State in previous seasons, as well as a significant height gain at 6-foot-6 as the 7-foot-1 Wiseman works, to meet expectations.
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Of course, there’s still plenty of time for the Warriors to figure things out without making a trade, especially since Thompson appears to have found his chance and the team has won their last three games with all starters.
And as Dub Nation knows all too well, Golden State tends to prove its doubters wrong.
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