Miami acquires Jae Crowder from Grizzlies in Andre Iguodala trade
The Miami Heat acquired Andre Iguodala in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, and now, Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Heat also nabbed forward Jae Crowder and guard Solomon Hill in the deal.
Miami sent young wing Justise Winslow to the Grizzlies in the deal for Iguodala, which Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported could end up being a three-team trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder that involves Danilo Gallinari also going to South Beach. Charania adds that the Heat expanded the deal to include Dion Waiters on Thursday.
In addition, Miami signed Iguodala to a two-year extension with a team option for the 2021-22 campaign.
Crowder has started all 45 games he has played this season, averaging 9.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and one steal over 29.4 minutes per game while shooting 36.8 percent from the floor, 29.3 percent from three-point range and 78.9 percent from the free-throw line.
While Crowder does not provide a whole lot in the way of offense, he is a very good defender who can guard multiple positions, and he also brings a brand of toughness that all contenders need.
The 29-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball with Jimmy Butler at Marquette, was originally selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round (34th pick overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft but was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
Crowder had a rather limited role in his first two-and-a-half seasons with the Mavericks before being dealt to the Boston Celtics in a deal that sent Rajon Rondo to Dallas midway through the 2014-15 campaign.
The Villa Rica, Ga. native then made a name for himself in Beantown, developing into a solid three-and-D guy who averaged a career-high 14.2 points per game in 2015-16.
The Celtics traded Crowder to the Cavaliers during the summer of 2017. He has also played for the Utah Jazz.
Meanwhile, Hill, who is definitely the lesser part of this deal, has played in 48 games this year, registering 5.7 points, three rebounds and two assists over 18.8 minutes per game.