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The Washington Wizards thought of a a lot totally different deal involving Rui Hachimura earlier than agreeing to a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Yahoo Sports activities’ Jake Fischer reported the Wizards had been in negotiations with the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. Hachimura would’ve landed in Phoenix, with Jae Crowder going to the Bucks. The Wizards would’ve acquired three second-round picks and wage filler.
That will’ve offered an answer to Phoenix’s Crowder conundrum.
The 32-year-old ahead has but to play this season as he and the Suns try to safe his exit in a commerce.
President of basketball operations James Jones has apparently been a cussed negotiator.
In December, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on his Hoop Collective podcast that rival groups have discovered it “difficult to do commerce enterprise with the Suns.” Windhorst added Phoenix “might must decrease their commonplace” as a result of it had balked on the presents it acquired for Crowder in straight-up trades and most popular three-team swaps.
The saga has additionally dragged on for therefore lengthy that groups beforehand interested by Crowder might have issues over what he might contribute this 12 months.
NBA insider Marc Stein reported final Saturday the Bucks and Miami Warmth had been nonetheless within the hunt. Nevertheless. there may very well be broad questions “about how lengthy it’s going to take the 32-year-old to acclimatize to a workforce and the state of his conditioning greater than midway by means of the season.”
With the proposed deal involving the Wizards and Bucks falling by means of, the Suns discover themselves again to sq. one with Crowder.
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