The Miami Heat are interested in adding Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder but only if his current team buys out his contract, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
"According to someone who has spoken to the Heat's front office, the Heat remains interested in Jae Crowder, but only in a buyout situation, barring Phoenix shockingly taking a bad contract off Miami's hands," Jackson wrote.
Crowder has sat out the entire 2022-23 season after making an offseason trade request. News first emerged that he would sit out training camp, and then Crowder released this tweet.
Crowder is in the last year of his contract making $10.2 million. John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Phoenix tweeted that he heard Crowder wanted an extension and did not get it.
Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report also spoke with Crowder about why he made his request. The 32-year-old told Haynes that it had nothing to do with him potentially being moved to the bench.
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
My <a href="https://twitter.com/NBAonTNT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NBAonTNT</a> in-game report on my conversation with Suns forward Jae Crowder, who is away from the team and waiting on a trade: 'It's definitely not true of the narrative being pushed about me starting or not.' <a href="https://t.co/QL41N3Njub">pic.twitter.com/QL41N3Njub</a>
Crowder remains out despite the team losing wing Cameron Johnson—who replaced Crowder in the starting five—after he underwent meniscus surgery. He has not played since Nov. 4.
For the 2021-22 season, Crowder averaged 9.4 points on 39.9 percent shooting (34.8 percent from three-point range), 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals.