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Jae Crowder | Forward

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/6/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 228
College: Marquette
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Jae Crowder has agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal with the Celtics, with the entire salary guaranteed through the 2019-20 season.
Crowder was essentially a cast-off with the Mavericks but his solid play for Boston earned him a massive pay-raise to $7 million per season over a long-term contract. It could be a solid value for the Celts if Crowder develops into a DeMarre Carroll-type talent, locking down defensively while steadily improving his FG shooting (41.4 percent) and 3-point shooting (31.6 percent). It's an interesting gamble for GM Danny Ainge and Boston's front office -- other than signing veteran PF Amir Johnson in free agency, they appear content to develop from within this season. Jul 1 - 11:58 PM

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The Mavericks are reportedly interested in bringing Jae Crowder back to Dallas.

The Mavericks made a huge mistake by trading Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder to the Celtics in exchange for Rajon Rondo, but it appears that they are eager to pursue Crowder after losing Al-Farouq Aminu in free agency. Crowder is a restricted free agent, and considering how much the Celtics love his defense, it would take a big offer to steal him away from Boston.
Jul 1 - 1:47 PM

The Celtics have extended a qualifying offer to Jae Crowder which will make him a restricted free agent.

This was an easy decision for the Celtics, as Crowder's versatility on both ends of the court was a huge reason why the Celtics made the playoffs. Crowder averaged 9.5 points, 4.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 3-pointers for Boston, but his role for next season will hinge upon what the Celtics do in free agency. Unless Crowder receives a massive offer from another team, Crowder should be wearing a Celtics uniform next season.
Source: Sportando
Jun 28 - 10:27 AM

Jae Crowder is still confident that the Celtics will retain him in restricted free agency this summer.

"The feeling of me coming back to Boston is mutual, from what I can tell," Crowder said. "I just hope we can get something done. But I do get a good feeling from the team." The Celtics have already said that they will make re-signing Crowder a priority, but it will be interesting to see if any teams try and steal him away with a big offer. Crowder's left knee sprain has also shown a lot of improvement, and it sounds like he should be 100 percent by training camp. "I’ve been putting in a lot of time on the bike, but I feel like I could play today," Crowder said. "But right now I’m focused on my body."
Jun 7 - 11:11 AM

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that Jae Crowder is making "great strides" in his recovery from a left knee sprain.

Ainge also said that Crowder has been able to do some light workouts, but he didn't specify exactly what he was doing. The Celtics would like to sign Crowder to a multi-year deal this summer, and both parties appear anxious to get a deal done. "I just think what I bring to the game and what they need … it’s a good fit," Crowder said. "Hopefully we can get something done that’ll keep me here for a long time." We will continue to track his progress closely this summer, but he should be ready in time for training camp.
Source: CSN NE
May 27 - 10:04 AM

Celtics' president Rich Gotham stated on Thursday that signing Jae Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason will be a "priority" for the Celtics.

"[Crowder] added toughness, energy and confidence," said Gotham. "I think he gave our guys a swagger." Multiple executives from Boston's front offices have openly stated their desire to retain Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see just how high they go in order to keep him in a Celtics' jersey. Crowder had a nice run down the stretch, posting averages of 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 three-pointers per game during the month of April, so he'll be a nice low-end option in deep leagues if he does indeed remain in Boston.
May 21 - 3:13 PM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said Jae Crowder will receive a qualifying offer from the team.

"I can emphatically say that we will definitely qualify Jae Crowder," Ainge said, "which I think is pretty obvious." After extending the $1.2 million qualifying offer, the Celtics will have the chance to match any offer the restricted free agent gets. Ainge has previously said the Celtics view Crowder as a big part of their team going forward, so it would be a surprise if he isn't back in Boston next season.
Apr 30 - 11:19 AM

According to the Boston Globe, the Celtics will likely extend Jae Crowder a qualifying offer of $1.1 million which would make him a restricted free agent.

It would be an easy decision for Boston, as Crowder's physical play and work ethic was contagious to his teammates. Other teams would have to overpay to pry Crowder away from the Celtics if he does become a restricted free agent, so we would expect him to see him in a Boston uniform for the 2015-16 campaign. Crowder is also nursing a sprained ACL and bone bruise, so we will continue to track his progress closely.
Apr 29 - 10:49 AM

Jae Crowder described J.R. Smith's play against him as a cheap shot.

"Cheap shots. But it is what it is." The good news is that Crowder is expected to avoid surgery and appears to have avoided a major injury, but his ACL sprain will take several weeks of rest and rehab.
Apr 27 - 12:56 PM

Jae Crowder (knee) has been diagnosed with an ACL sprain and bone bruise, and he's expected to avoid surgery.

This is fantastic news for Crowder ahead of his restricted free agency, and it's a nice development after Crowder was maliciously taken out of the game by J.R. Smith. Crowder will need rest and rehab in order to recover, and he will have a ton of suitors on the open market after breaking out in a big way with the Celtics. For what it's worth, Boston GM Danny Ainge has said repeatedly that the team wants to re-sign No. 99. He's quickly turned into a fan favorite, as well.
Apr 27 - 11:52 AM

Jae Crowder is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the knee injury that he suffered during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs.

Crowder had played very well during his time with the Celtics, so this is very unfortunate timing as he is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. The injury didn't look good at all, and Crowder wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped to the locker room. We're hoping for the best for Crowder, and we'll provide an update on what the Celtics are currently calling a sprain as soon as more information becomes available. Stay tuned.
Apr 26 - 4:14 PM

Jae Crowder left Game 4 against the Cavs' with a left knee sprain, and he will not return.

Crowder got caught with a nasty elbow from J.R. Smith that caused him to fall to the ground awkwardly, and in the process he injured his knee. He needed to be helped to the locker room, and there's really no way that Smith doesn't receive a suspension from the league for his actions today, the only question is how many games he’ll be forced to miss. Crowder ended Sunday's game with seven points, three rebounds and one assist through 17 minutes of action.
Apr 26 - 2:50 PM

Jae Crowder will be replacing Marcus Smart in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Crowder pretty much made it clear in practice on Saturday that he would be in the starting lineup, so this news was expected. There could be additional changes to the lineup as well, so be sure to stay tuned for updates. Smart hasn't played that well in this series so far, and it makes sense to get a physical presence in the lineup such as Crowder to help contain LeBron James. Expect Evan Turner and Avery Bradley to have some extra ball-handling responsibilities as well.
Apr 26 - 10:55 AM

Jae Crowder said he will be in the starting lineup for Game 4 on Sunday.

There will also be additional changes to the lineup according to Avery Bradley, but those details haven't been released yet. Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half of Game 3 in place of Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass, so it appears that Smart will be the first victim of the lineup change. Jerebko was also running with the first unit at practice on Saturday, so changes appear to be imminent. We should know more details after shootaround, and we will continue to follow this story very closely. The Celtics have lost the first three games of the series, so nothing will likely be off the table as they look to avoid a sweep vs. the Cavaliers.
Apr 25 - 2:04 PM

Jae Crowder started the second half against the Cavs during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 16 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens continues to play Crowder at shooting guard more often, which makes sense because they need all the size they can get to help keep LeBron James out of the paint. Crowder didn't have a bad game on defense and he was efficient (100.0 effective field goal percentage) on the offensive end outside of four turnovers. He's likely earned 30-plus minutes in Game 4.
Apr 23 - 9:56 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Marcus Smart
2Isaiah Thomas
3Terry Rozier
4Phil Pressey
SG1Avery Bradley
2Marcus Thornton
3R.J. Hunter
4Chris Babb
SF1Jae Crowder
2Evan Turner
3James Young
4Luigi Datome
5Gerald Wallace
PF1Amir Johnson
2Jared Sullinger
3Jonas Jerebko
4Jordan Mickey
C1Tyler Zeller
2Kelly Olynyk