Rumors and reports are aplenty on the day of the 2022 NBA Draft, and the Phoenix Suns are certainly no exception thanks to center Deandre Ayton.
Ayton heads into restricted free agency here shortly, yet the Suns also have a handful of other key decisions to make. Devin Booker is due for a super max extension and Cam Johnson is due for a rookie scale extension. Bringing back pieces such as JaVale McGee, Bismack Biyombo or any of the other free agents will need due diligence as well.
Trade rumors have specifically been a hot commodity for Phoenix, as the Suns have seen the likes of Ayton, Johnson and sometimes even Bridges mentioned as potential players to be shipped to other teams.
However, Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer brought a new name to the table in power forward Jae Crowder.
Crowder enters the last year of his contract with Phoenix, as he's set to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. He is set to make $10.183 million in 2022-23.
With Johnson set to receive his extension, many believe the time for the Suns to depart with Crowder is now to insert Johnson into the starting lineup.
Although Johnson's extension wouldn't kick in until 2023, the Suns may be smart to maximize Crowder's potential market. With reports of Phoenix searching for a draft pick on Thursday, Crowder would make for an ideal trade piece to make that happen.
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