Jae Crowder was the recipient of some new scenery on Wednesday.
The former Marquette forward was traded by the Utah Jazz to the Memphis Grizzlies as Utah put together a deal to acquire point guard Mike Conley. Crowder is joined in his trip eastwards by Kyle Korver and Grayson Allen, and the Jazz tossed in Thursday night’s #23 pick in the NBA Draft as well as another first round pick at some point between 2020 and 2024 depending on positioning protections.
This is the fifth time that Crowder has been traded, including his draft day deal that sent him from Cleveland, the club that drafted him, to Dallas, the team that gave him his NBA debut. He appeared in 107 games for the Jazz after being traded by the Cavaliers (it’s a long story) during the 2018-19 season, averaging 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists. He has career averages of 9.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists while coming off the bench for a ever so slight majority of his career 543 appearances.
With the Grizzlies trading Conley, a 12 year veteran who has spent his entire career with Memphis, it’s hard to say for certain where the squad goes following this trade. What we can say for certain is that Crowder will almost assuredly fit in no matter the overall game plan. In fact, Crowder’s trademark hustle and determination will not only most likely make him a solid rotation piece for the Grizzlies, it will most likely earn him fan favorite status in Memphis pretty quickly. That’s what Crowder does, no matter where he goes.
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