Jae Crowder recently let everyone know how many teams were pursuing him going into the 2020-21 NBA season before he signed with the Suns.
The Phoenix Suns have started out their 2020-21 NBA campaign blazing hot. They are currently sitting pretty atop the Western Conference with a blistering 7-3 record, following their win over the Indiana Pacers.
The Suns had a light revamp to their roster going into this new season as they acquired players such as Chris Paul and Jae Crowder to provide the young core with some veteran leadership.
The Chris Paul acquisition has clearly been working out for Phoenix. The Point God leading the Suns alongside Devin Booker on offense. However, a very underrated signing in the 2020 offseason would have to be Jae Crowder signing with the Suns.
Jae Crowder says there were 14 teams trying to sign him this offseason.
When talking about how he landed in Phoenix, Jae Crowder delved right into the details. He said, “The process was chaotic. 14 teams called and threw a contract. I just had to sit back and absorb it all in.”
“Once I got a phone call from Devin and Chris, those guys made a strong pitch. I had a make a decision solely off of me envisioning myself wanting to help an organization getting to play playoff basketball again.”
It is unclear as to who these 14 teams were. It can be speculated that that list of teams comprised of Playoff contenders for the most part. Jae Crowder’s move from the Miami Heat was a bit surprising. After all, Crowder and the Heat came pretty close to claiming the 2020 NBA championship.
Report: Jae Crowder was offered contracts from 14 different teams in free agency https://t.co/OugbMyHHxs
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 9, 2021
However, it seems as though Jae Crowder has found himself a new home in Phoenix. He is instrumental to the Suns’ offense and defense. On offense, he is a reliable spot up shooter from beyond the arc and can be a secondary playmaker. On defense, he is very switchable and can reasonably hold his own against shifty guards and post-up bigs.