Sources: Crowder again traded by Nets to Bucks

Jae Crowder, who was traded to the Brooklyn Nets from the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, again was on the move Thursday as he was dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks, sources confirmed to ESPN amid multiple media reports.

Crowder, who hasn’t played all season after agreeing with the Suns to sit out while Phoenix explored trades for the veteran forward, was dealt to Nets on Wednesday night as part of the trade package for All-NBA forward Kevin Durant and T.J. Warren.

In making the trade with the Suns, the Nets felt it had a chance to move Crowder to a contender and add a player before Thursday’s trade deadline.

Crowder is in the final season of his contract but was facing a diminished role with the emergence of forward Cameron Johnson, one of the several factors that may have led to Crowder’s request for a trade.

Crowder returns to Milwaukee, where he starred in college for Marquette, averaging 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds during the 2011-12 season as he was an AP second-team All-America selection.

He played a key role in helping the Suns make the NBA Finals in 2021 but saw his scoring and shooting numbers dip slightly the following season.

The 6-foot-6 wing is known for his strong defense and has extensive experience playing deep into the postseason; he’s seen minutes in more than 100 playoff games and has started 86 for five different franchises. His nine consecutive seasons appearing in the postseason are tied for the fifth-longest active streak.

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