The Phoenix Suns and Jae Crowder are about to split, as it's only a matter of time before the two parties seek a new team for the power forward.
HoopsHype's Frank Urbina graded the top five trade rumor rankings, and a handful of notable names were on the list.
Guys such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Myles Turner, Mike Conley and Russell Westbrook all cracked the list, as there's serious buzz on each of their futures.
However, none were more prominent than Crowder, who ranked as the No. 1 player that keeps coming up in trade rumors thus far:
Jae Crowder Ranks No. 1 in HoopsHype Trade Rumor Rankings
"The biggest name on the trade market left, and the one with the highest level of certainty that he’ll be traded, is probably Jae Crowder," said Urbina.
"We say that because the Phoenix Suns went so far as to announce that Crowder won’t join the team for training camp as the club tries to find a resolution to his situation:
"Crowder also tweeted about the trade talks, stating that one must seek work where he is wanted.
"According to Windhorst, the problems started when the Suns told Crowder that he wouldn’t be the team’s starting power forward next season, with the job going to Cam Johnson full-time now. Marc Stein expounded on that, saying that Crowder also wanted his contract extended and told that to the Suns, who declined to do that while informing him that he’d be losing his starting job to Johnson.
"Among the teams who have been mentioned as potential suitors for Crowder, the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks have all come up this week, among other teams, too.
"With Crowder on the final season of his deal and set to be paid just $10.2 million in 2022-23, it shouldn’t be difficult for Phoenix to find a new home for the tough-two way swingman."
While there's no clear timetable for his departure, the Suns seem willing to not force a trade. Until it happens, Crowder will be at the top of almost any trade conversation that takes place.
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