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Jae Crowder says he plans on recruiting for Jazz in free agency

Jae Crowder, Jazz

Utah Jazz small forward Jae Crowder plans on recruiting for the franchise this summer once free agency starts on July 1.

The Jazz could have roughly $39 million in cap space this summer, although that number would decrease if Utah keeps big man Derrick Favors and the rights to point guard Ricky Rubio.

Crowder says he has a lot of friends in the NBA and will tell them if they want to win, the Jazz are the perfect team to join:

Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Tobias Harris are just some of the notable players who become free agents this summer. As of now, none of those guys have been linked to the Jazz.

Butler and Crowder are close friends, though, as they both played their college ball at Marquette. We’ll see if Crowder reaches out to Butler in the offseason.

The Jazz had the fifth-best record in the Western Conference during the regular season. They lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs in five games. Utah needs another dynamic scorer alongside Donovan Mitchell, who struggled with his shot in the five-game series.

Crowder has one year left on his contract with the Jazz. He’ll make $7,815,533 in 2019-20.