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The Miami Heat have been once again linked to Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder. 

Crowder and the Heat were rumored in talks throughout free agency but a report by Hoops Wire stated there remains interest

“The Suns are continuing to explore potential Jae Crowder trades, with the Bucks, Heat, [Golden State] Warriors and others among those interested," the report said. “Others expressing an interest in Crowder over the past few weeks, per sources: The [Charlotte] Hornets, [Denver] Nuggets, [Washington] Wizards, [Minnesota] Timberwolves and [New York] Knicks,” wrote Amico.

The Heat and Milwaukee Bucks seem to be the frontrunners, though.

Crowder has experience with the Heat, spending part of the 2019-20 season in Miami. That season the Heat lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 in the NBA Finals. He played a huge role, averaging 11.9 points in the regular season.

The Heat (10-12) have struggled the first half of the season and could use a boost in the frontcourt.  Adding him back on the roster will give them a veteran who has experience and could serve as the primary power forward they lack. 


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