Utah Jazz GM optimistic after acquiring Jae Crowder
From NBA media reports
This time a season ago, Jae Crowder was a valued “3-and-D” player for the Boston Celtics on a more than salary cap-friendly deal. This morning, the general consensus around the NBA is some of those things are still true about Crowder.
He more than struggled in his 53 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, logging his lowest stats in three seasons in scoring (8.6 ppg), rebounding (3.3 rpg), assists (1.1 apg) and shooting percentage (41.8 overall, 32.8 on 3-pointers). He was dealt to the Utah Jazz yesterday (along with Derrick Rose) as part of the Rodney Hood-George Hill three-team deal and could get new life in Salt Lake City. At least, that’s the hope of Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey in the wake of the trade, writes Eric Woodyard of The Deseret News:
Rose is likely to be released soon, though, as he’s reportedly looking to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves to reunite with his former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
Rose’s representatives met with the Jazz front office today, where the plans were discussed, and the team is doubtful if Crowder will be ready for tomorrow’s home game versus Charlotte because he still has to pass the physical.
“Jae is someone we’ve long admired,” Lindsey said. “He’s really versatile defensively and can play really two through four with switches and physicality. His build is quite obvious and the systems that he’s played in with Dallas, Boston and Cleveland, we’ve seen enough to think that he can mesh very well in how we play. We’re really anxious to get him here.”
“We did quite a bit of analytical work, we did Intel, we did medical, we got with our coaches to see potential fit and rotations and you start adding those up and sticking to your core fundamentals and principles,” Lindsey said of the trade. “We think over time it will be a good move, but we do have to admit that there’s a lot of unknowns and certainly we’ll be judged on the results.”
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