Jae Crowder is one of the veteran wing players that the Golden State Warriors will be looking to acquire in the offseason.
To no surprise, the Golden State Warriors are searching for veteran forwards to help round out their lineup and add some reliable options for a potential playoff run next season. According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Jae Crowder is one of their top targets.
Crowder has spent eight seasons in the NBA and played for six franchises. He fits the mold of a veteran pretty nicely but how would the 29-year-old forward benefit the team aside from his years of experience?
The Golden State Warriors have always enjoyed the presence of Andre Iguodala, a defensive-oriented forward who was versatile enough on offense to keep the game flowing smoothly when he was on the floor. Crowder may be able to replicate this for Golden State.
Crowder is far from the lockdown defender that Iggy was in his prime but he is trustworthy on this end of the floor. He has been a consistently good perimeter defender for many years now and is a better shooter than Iguodala ever was.
This season, Crowder is averaging 11.9 points for the Miami Heat and drilling nearly three 3-pointers a game. Inserting him into the Warriors lineup would be easy and he would compliment the offensive games of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson well.
The acquisition of Crowder would give the Warriors a stacked rotation of forwards. The depth of Crowder, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Eric Paschall would be strong enough to help them make a deep playoff run again.
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Crowder is set to be a free agent at the season’s end. It is expected that a number of championship-contending teams will make a push to acquire him. Hopefully, the Golden State Warriors are able to do enough to separate themselves from the pack and become front runners to sign Crowder.