The Phoenix Suns are still thriving despite the number of injuries they’ve suffered over the past week. However, the team are unhappy and have resumed trade talks over disgruntled striker Jae Crowder.
Cameron Johnson was injured against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 4. After an MRI showed the forward had suffered a torn meniscus, fans raised concerns about the Suns’ depth. So far, after Johnson’s injury, the team is 2-1.
Phoenix’s big concern right now is securing a business partner for Crowder. During the offseason, the organization and the striker argued. This led the two parties to mutually agree to find the former a commercial destination. However, there have been no developments so far.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said the Suns have reopened trade talks regarding Crowder. This came after the team discovered the severity of Cam Johnson’s injury.
“Over the past few days, from what I understand, the Suns have resumed their conversations with Jae Crowder and tried to resume old discussions, I was told,” Windhorst said.
“Now does that mean they’re going to get a deal? Obviously they had some impetus to do it. It was bad news when Cam Johnson got injured, but good news he was able to undergo surgery where it was a partial removal as opposed to a repair, which would have meant he was out for the year.”
The Suns are 8-3, thanks to their fantastic teamwork. Phoenix also suffered another injury after Chris Paul was seen limping on the field against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Despite the massive blow, the Suns managed to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves in a lopsided 129-117 victory on Wednesday.
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Phoenix Suns should play Crowder to increase his value
Crowder has helped the Phoenix Suns organization tremendously over the past two seasons. With the 6-foot-6 forward, the team reached the NBA Finals. Despite losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021, Crowder’s veteran leadership has helped the young team focus.
It’s understandable that the nine-year-old forward wants to play for a team that wants him, which is why he opted to sit out for the Suns. However, he does not help his case by doing this. He diminishes his value by not dressing. The team wants a good comeback package, and Crowder won’t be able to provide it if he continues to refuse to play.
As of now, the Suns are holding their ground without Johnson in the lineup. But who knows what could happen in the next games?
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