Jae Crowder requests Phoenix Suns to skip training camp amidst trade rumors

Crowder posted 9.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 67 games last season.

Abhishek SandikarAuthor

Updated - 26 September 2022 03:20 PM


Veteran forward Jae Crowder has requested the Phoenix Suns to not report to the preseason training camp. Adhering to this request, the team agreed to continue their efforts to try to find a trade for him, as reported by ESPN. 

The 32-year-old Crowder will be entering the final season of his contract where he will be paid $10.1 million. But Crowder could be appointed to a diminished role as the Suns are expected to increase playing time for forward Cameron Johnson. This emerged as one of the several factors that might have led to Crowder's request.

The Suns confirmed on Sunday that the former Marquette player would be away from the team. Similarly, Crowder also confirmed that he will part ways with the team. 

“One must-seek work where he is wanted.. where he is needed.! I am thankful for what these past 2 yrs have taught me.! now I must take on another challenge with continued hard work & dedication.! for those of you who closed the door on me…. thank you! 99 back soon.!”, he posted in a tweet.

Jae Crowder saw his scoring and shooting stars drop slightly last season after being a crucial member of the Suns' Finals team in 2021. The defensive specialist posted 9.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 67 games last season. 

The Suns have been discussing the Crowder trade during the summer but haven't found a deal yet. Phoenix was also in talks with the Utah Jazz over Bojan Bogdanovic before he was traded to the Detroit Pistons last week.

The Jazz received forward Kelly Olynyk and guard Saben Lee in the deal. Bogdanovic will be earning a mammoth £17.4m from the final year of his contract. But, as Lee and Olynyk won't reach that figure, Utah will also receive an additional salary. 


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