2. Jae Crowder
The veteran forward is back with the Bucks on a one-year deal. He struggled last season and slipped from their playoff rotation. Crowder was playing well before injuring his groin in mid-November. He was ruled out for eight weeks, and the Bucks may look to upgrade before the deadline.
Crowder wants to play a key role for a contender. He sat out to start last season after the Suns planned to demote him to the bench. The 6’6 forward helped his team to the NBA Finals in 2020 and 2021. He is eager to win his first championship, but does not want to do it without getting significant run.
Crowder plays stout defense and sinks open shots. He is not going to command the ball or a specific matchup. He is a veteran role player that knows how to win. Teams across the league will be interested in the 6’6 forward, but Milwaukee may decide to keep him.
The Bucks only have two second-round picks to trade, so upgrading their roster will be difficult. They could offer MarJon Beauchamp and Andre Jackson Jr., but even that won’t land them much.
If Jae Crowder becomes available, the Warriors should explore it. He is a proven rotation piece on a contender, which is precisely what the franchise needs.