The Miami Heat aim to bolster their roster and add a defensive specialist to the squad as PJ Tucker’s replacement.
Tucker joined the Philadelphia 76ers in the offseason and left a gap in Miami’s defense. Therefore, the Heat seek to find a great on- and off-ball defender to cover the gap.
“The Heat would be open to a trade involving Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder, according to two sources, but salary cap rules make a deal difficult at this time,” Anthony Chiang and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald report.
Lowry on where he stands. PLUS Crowder, Yurtseven, more: https://t.co/Dk5gwjeAKF
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 8, 2022
Jae Crowder has spent the past two seasons in Phoenix and is entering the final year of his contract, worth $10.2M.
However, limited cap space makes it difficult for Miami to actively pursue him, therefore the franchise examines alternative options.
Crowder was part of the Miami team that reached the 2020 NBA Finals and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games (4-2).