It looks like Jae Crowder has seen his final days in Phoenix.
sources inform republic The veteran forward won’t be in training camp starting Tuesday as the Suns have been trying to trade him.
The Suns officially announced Sunday afternoon that Crowder would not be attending training camp.
“The Phoenix Suns and forward Jack Crowder have mutually agreed that he will not be attending training camp with the team,” the Suns said in a statement.
Phoenix is in talks with the Utah Jazz to acquire Bojan Bogdanovic, but was unable to agree to all the terms of the deal.
The Suns want Jared Vanderbilt, too, but the Jazz are reluctant to go with the athletic, full-time player they acquired in blockbuster Rudy Gobert from Minnesota this summer. The dynamic young striker parted ways.
The Jazz later traded Bogdanovic to the Pistons for Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee.
Crowder, who previously played for the Jazz, averaged 11.9 points on 39.6 percent shooting in his two seasons at Utah (2017-19).
The Suns signed Crowder to a three-year deal ahead of the 2020-21 season. The veteran forward helped the Miami Heat reach the 2020 NBA Finals in the bubble.
Crowder then joined the Suns in free agency and played a key role in Phoenix’s run to the 2021 Finals. He threw the ball to Deandre Ayton for a dunk with 0.7 seconds remaining to give the Suns a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals.
Phoenix followed with a historic 2021-22 season, winning a franchise-best 64 games in the regular season for the highest record in the NBA. Crowder started all 80 games he played for the Suns, including the playoffs.
On Friday, Claude tweeted “99 WONT BE THERE” in response republic The story about training camp about whether he or Cam Johnson will start the season for the Suns.
Claude later deleted the tweet, but it was a screenshot.
sources inform republic The Suns are looking to start Johnson this season and have Crowder off the bench.
The Suns are in discussions with Johnson about a rookie extension as the lottery pick in the 2019 draft is eligible for his fourth season with the team.
Crowder, who turns 32 in July, tweeted what he understandably wanted to play elsewhere this season.
“Change is inevitable…growth is optional…!!I believe it’s time for a change…I want to keep growing…!”
Crowder averaged 9.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting in his two seasons with Phoenix.
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