The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the best teams in the NBA. They have been for a few years now. Winning the NBA Championship in 2021 was the pinnacle, and now they want to go back. In order to make that happen the Milwaukee Bucks may seek a trade to bolster their roster. According to Shams Charania the Bucks may be in the midst of a trade that would send Jae Crowder to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jae Crowder To The Milwaukee Bucks?
Shams Charania announced today that a trade could be imminent if a few more pieces fall into place.
Multiple league sources said the Suns recently engaged in three-team talks that would have sent Crowder to Milwaukee, four Bucks second-round draft picks along with players to Houston, and Eric Gordon and/or Kenyon Martin Jr. to Phoenix. The hold up in the potential three-teamer was that the Rockets are coveting one first-round pick for Gordon, and for Martin a very good first-rounder, not a batch of second-rounders, according to sources. The Rockets have had interest in Gordon from several contending teams, sources said, but appear less willing to entertain the topic of Martin.
The Bucks could continue to seek a third team to facilitate a trade for Crowder, which would be a homecoming of sorts for the Georgia native who played his college ball at Marquette.
What Would Jae Crowder Bring To Milwaukee?
Above all, Crowder can bring his defensive skills to the Bucks defense. For his career, he has shot 35% from three and 41% from the field overall. Will he get playing time over Jordan Nwora, who is currently averaging 36% from the field and 37% from three in 2022? Nwora, overall, has higher career shooting percentages, but does he really impact the Bucks? Crowder could pick up the defense that Nwora lacks and add insurance to the team when Nwora is not producing or developing as the season goes on.
When it comes down to crunch time who will fans want to see on the court: Nwora or Crowder? Overall, I would say that Crowder will better be able to produce more offensive and defensively than Nwora. He could also bring the intensity that PJ Tucker brought to the Bucks that pushed them over the hump to contending for a title.
Jae Crowder to the Bucks Would Be a Kind of Homecoming
A trade to Milwaukee would be a homecoming for Crowder. He played college ball at Marquette where he averaged 14.6 points per game and was shooting 49.2% from the field and 35% from three. His best season was the 2011-2012 season. That year, his sophomore season, Crowder averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.1 assists per game.
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