In what has developed into a stagnant storyline, Jae Crowder is still not playing basketball. The Phoenix Suns are expected to trade him but nothing has come to fruition. But could Crowder return to Phoenix following Cam Johnson’s recent knee injury?

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Cam Johnson is expected to miss 1-2 months. Despite lacking much in the way of forward depth due to Crowder’s absence, Jae Crowder is still not expected to return to the Suns.

Surprisingly enough, one of the reasons Crowder reportedly wanted a trade in the first place was because of Cam Johnson. There were no reports of the two players taking issue with one another, but Crowder was not guaranteed a starting spot over Johnson which drew concern. With Johnson set to earn a more involved role this season, Jae Crowder wanted a fresh start elsewhere.

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Crowder’s name popped up in trade rumors prior to the season. But those rumors have died down as of late. Teams such as the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks have been linked to him, but teams have yet to meet Phoenix’s asking price. The Suns may be more aggressive attempting to trade Jae Crowder now given Johnson’s injury news. They will be seeking depth and could still get a quality return in a trade.

In a perfect world, Crowder and the Suns would work things out and the veteran would return to Phoenix. But since that is likely out of the picture, a trade could finally occur sooner rather than later.