If and when the NBA season resumes, the future of the Heat roster will involve some major decisions with free agency approaching. One of the biggest decisions will be how Miami allocates its potential cap space as Goran Dragic, Derrick Jones Jr. and Jae Crowder are set to hit unrestricted free agency.
Crowder, who was acquired from the Grizzlies, hopes for a potential long-term union with the Heat beyond the current season, as he told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:
“I really want to make this my home. I feel comfortable here, feel comfortable with the whole organization top to bottom. If everything goes as we plan, I’m sure everybody would like to stay together and build off what we’re doing this year and go into next year with the same mind-set.”
Since being acquired, Crowder has been his usual productive self. In 13 games (one start), Crowder has averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 39.3 percent from three. Since 2017, Crowder has bounced around the league, suiting up for the Cavaliers, Jazz, Grizzlies and now Heat.
The 29-year-old would likely favor a long-term deal. Given the NBA suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic though, a lot remains uncertain. If the season resumes, the Heat’s success down the stretch and in the postseason could play a major role in what the roster looks like in 2021.
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