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REPORT: Jae Crowder agrees to 3-year deal with Suns

Jae Crowder, Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Suns

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a three-year contract with veteran forward Jae Crowder, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Crowder, 30, will come in as a veteran replacement at forward for the departing Kelly Oubre Jr., who the Suns traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the past week (later traded to the Golden State Warriors).

According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, Crowder’s deal with the Suns is “almost $30 million.”

Crowder spent the past season split between the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat, later joining the Eastern Conference club in the Andre Iguodala trade. The Marquette product joins All-Star guards Devin Booker and newly acquired Chris Paul with the Suns one season after competing in the 2020 NBA Finals with another former Golden Eagle in Jimmy Butler.

A former second-round selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, Crowder has bounced around several teams in the past few years, including stops with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Grizzlies, and most recently the Heat.

The Suns will get another perimeter shooter and fierce defensive competitor in Crowder.

Phoenix has totally revamped their starting lineup by trading point guard Ricky Rubio and forward Kelly Oubre. In come perennial All-Star floor general Chris Paul and a well-liked vet in Crowder to buoy Devin Booker’s team and former first-overall pick in center Deandre Ayton.

The Suns also have solid role players in wings Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges, as general manager James Jones is really going for it this offseason with the 2020-21 NBA season expected to be a 72-game schedule starting Dec. 22.