Milwaukee Bucks Interested in Acquiring Jae Crowder

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The Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly interested in trading veteran forward Jae Crowder.

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The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to shore up their depleted depth at the wing, and they’re looking at Phoenix Suns veteran combo forward Jae Crowder as a potential trade candidate. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Bucks are currently talking to the Suns for a trade deal that would ship Crowder to Milwaukee. This is an effort by the Bucks to add depth to their wing position, especially with forwards Khris Middleton, Pat Connaughton, and Joe Ingles currently sitting out due to injuries.

Aside from the Bucks, Charania also mentioned that the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat have also expressed their interest in bringing in Jae Crowder. Having been part of winning teams in the past several years, the 32-year-old Crowder is a versatile forward who can defend positions one through four. On offense, he’s a good three-point shooter who can space the floor, although his long-range percentages are usually hot and cold. He may struggle shooting the three-ball at times, but his tough and effortful defense is very valuable for contending teams.

The Bucks have won their first two games this season, including a nail-biter victory over James Harden, Joel Embiid, and the Philadelphia 76ers. They have a huge game coming up, as they face Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. With his co-star Khris Middleton sidelined by an injury, Giannis Antetokounmpo is holding down the fort for the depleted Bucks. The Greek Freak is averaging 32.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks through two games.

The Bucks, who won the NBA title just a couple of seasons ago, should have Middleton back by December or January. The East has grown stronger this year, but Giannis and the Bucks are still expected to contend for the championship. It’s intriguing to see if they will indeed make a play for Jae Crowder, but look for the Bucks to bring more depth to their roster.

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