WHILE the Miami Heat has its main man locked up — they have Jimmy Butler under contract for three more seasons — the club faces some big free agent decisions.
Butler's Marquette teammate Jae Crowder expects a long-term deal after a fine run with the Heat, fifth seeds who topped the Eastern Conference and wound up as runners-up to the Los Angeles Lakers for the season.
The Heat acquired Crowder in a February trade involving the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 30-year-old Crowder, whose five-year $35 million contract signed with the Celtics in 2015 has expired, said he wants his future secured.
“Obviously, I want security,” Crowder told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
“The league is an up-and-down league. You never know. I’ve been a part of trades, so I know about security.”
In seven NBA seasons, Crowder has suited up for six teams.
“That’s the best thing about my contract last time, I had security in each place I went to.”