The Milwaukee Bucks are 7-0 since Khris Middleton returned from a knee injury that had kept him out since before Christmas. In those games, Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 39.4 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. Giannis and Jrue Holiday have been named All-Stars and the Bucks have climbed to the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Their recent run of success, however, has not stopped the rumors that the team is trying to acquire Jae Crowder from the Phoenix Suns. The most recent reports surrounding the trade rumors, though, indicate that Milwaukee may not be able to acquire the former Marquette star.
The Suns Have Reportedly Turned Down the Bucks’ Offer
According to Arthur Hill of Hoops Hype, Milwaukee packaged three players along with second round draft compensation together in an attempt to acquire the disgruntled Crowder. The Suns, however, turned them down. Per Hill, “The Bucks have been considered a potential landing spot for Jae Crowder, but John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM tweets that the Suns are unlikely to accept Milwaukee’s latest offer of Serge Ibaka, George Hill, Jordan Nwora, and second-round draft capital.”
Per Bleacher Report, the Suns attempted to use Crowder in a package, along with Chris Paul, that would have led Kyrie Irving being traded to Phoenix. Instead, Irving was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. It would appear that the Suns are trying to use Crowder in a deal that would help them acquire a more high-profile player instead of role players and second round picks.
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