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    Jae Crowder hoping for a long-term deal after Finals run with Heat

    Oct 14, 2020
    Picked in the second round in the 2012 draft, Jae Crowder has seen action for the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat.
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    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.

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    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.

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    “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.”

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      Picked in the second round in the 2012 draft, Jae Crowder has seen action for the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat.
      PHOTO: AP
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