Jazz sing praises of former Cavalier Crowder

The Utah Jazz are hoping Jae Crowder, obtained in a deal with the Cavaliers on Thursday, can resemble the player he was in Boston last season.

Quin Snyder sounded very much like Tyronn Lue, at least in terms of what he said, when asked about the Utah Jazz’s acquisition of Jae Crowder from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“One of the things he does well is defend,” the Jazz coach told reporters before Utah extended its winning streak to eight with a 106-94 conquest of visiting Charlotte on Friday night. “He’s able to guard multiple positions, which as we’ve seen in this league as certain teams gravitate to more positionless basketball, those defensive matchups are important.

“We feel like offensively, he’s a guy who can make plays for people, and a multiple-position guy as well.”

Snyder’s comments almost mirror what Lue said when Cleveland picked up Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn’s first-round draft pick in 2018 and Miami’s second-round selection in 2020 in exchange for Kyrie Irving on Aug. 22.

However, the day of the trade, Crowder’s mother passed away. And he never felt nor looked comfortable with the Cavaliers, averaging just 8.6 points and 3.8 rebounds a game.

The Jazz (27-28) are hoping to see the player Crowder was in Boston last season reemerge. He shot a career-best 40 percent from 3 a year ago.

Jazz forward Jonas Jerebko, who saw firsthand how well Crowder played last season while they were teammates on the Celtics, was happy to see him Friday.

While Crowder did not speak to the media, pending the completion of the trade with him and Rodney Hood, shipped to Cleveland in exchange for Crowder and Derrick Rose (who will be waived and is expected to sign with Minnesota, coached by his former coach in Chicago, Tom Thibodeau) with physicals being passed, Jerebko did.

“I was happy when I had seen Jae came here,” Jerebko said. “For three years, we had some great times together. One of my all-time favorite teammates. It was great.”

As for Hood being sent to Cleveland, Snyder wished the 6-foot-8 left-handed swingman well.

“I’m looking forward to see him continue to get better and have opportunities elsewhere,” Snyder said. “So excited for his development, as I said, and appreciate everything he’s done for the program.”

2 Comments on "Jazz sing praises of former Cavalier Crowder"

  1. I do wish the best for Crowder. Not sure why things didn’t work out for him in Cleveland, but I do appreciate the fact that when things were down, he wasn’t one to talk to the media like his little buddy did.

    • Hey, pihc.. I share your thoughts on Crowder. From losing his mother the day the trade went down, to trying to fit in with a new team playing a completely different style than he is used to, it had to be very difficult on him. I, too, wish him nothing but the best as he moves forward. Appreciate you reading us.

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