Earlier this season, we wrote about why the Milwaukee Bucks may be interested in a trade for Jae Crowder. According to a recent story by Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report, it sounds as if our conjecture was correct. Of course, Jae Crowder has been a name that was thrown around in trade rumors ever since the offseason started. In his article, Chiari states that the Bucks, along with the Atlanta Hawks, are interested in trading for the disgruntled former Marquette player. Chiari cites Shams Charania of The Athletic as his source for this information.
It Appears that the Bucks Are the Favorites to Land Jae Crowder
In addition to the reports from Charania and Chiari, there ar.e others that go further and say that the Bucks are the favorite to land Crowder in a trade. One of them, found here, states: “People around the situation have said that Milwaukee is the most likely team to land him.” It also points an interesting report regarding Grayson Allen, which I also wrote about earlier. This report states that the Bucks have begun calling other teams in regards to Allen’s trade market. Presumably, the Bucks would trade Allen and a second round draft pick for Crowder if the two teams are able to get a third team involved in the deal.
Do the Bucks Need Jae Crowder?
Currently, the Bucks are second in Eastern Conference with a record of 11-4. Crowder is known around the NBA as a tough defender. Additionally, he is a 34% three point shooter over the course of his career. The Bucks are a team that relishes having “three-and-D” wings, and Crowder is an ideal fit.
By comparison, Grayson Allen is a 39.5% three-point shooter over the course of his career. This season, he is shooting a career-best 42.6% from beyond the arc. Of course, Crowder is a much better defender than Allen. Would the Bucks be willing to sacrifice some shooting to add better defense? They already are the best defensive team in the league, but adding Crowder would make them even more formidable.
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