The Phoenix Suns took one on the chin from the Dallas Mavericks a few months ago. After marching into a Western Conference Semifinals bout with 64 wins to their name, Dallas turned what should have been a stepping stone to another title shot for our boys into an embarrassing knockout loss.
But this summer, Luka Doncic and company might be coming back for more.
In the never ending book of NBA players and cryptic tweet, Jae Crowder added another chapter this week. On Monday afternoon, the Bossman tweeted the following:
"“CHANGE IS INEVITABLE.. GROWTH IS OPTIONAL.!! I BELIEVE ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE… I WANNA CONTINUE GROWING.!”"
Now, Crowder’s comments about change could be about his career, but they could also be about what dishwasher detergent he uses. They were not specific by any means.
However, his following actions on social media did make an exit from the desert seem like something on his mind. They also implied that he might aim to wind up with what has to be Phoenix’s top rival during the upcoming season in the Mavericks.
In Crowder’s likes on Twitter, you can find a tweet from Mavs fan account featuring Crowder in a Dallas jersey from what had to be either his rookie or sophomore year. The tweet was quoting his aforementioned tweet about change.
We do not know why Crowder liked this tweet, perhaps he found it to be comical or was feeling nostalgic about his early days as a pro. Maybe he just liked it to troll everyone. But no matter what, when you connect the dots available, they make his long term future with Phoenix look somewhat foggy.
Crowder remains attached to a contract with one more year on it, so it’s not like Dallas or anyone else can sign him away from Phoenix as a free agent. But with this being the player empowerment era, Crowder might aim to force his way out of Phoenix one way or another.
Phoenix did reportedly shop him around in trade talks earlier this offseason and his contract situation might make him a rental target for other contending teams.
To bring things back one more time though, Suns fans need to take this entire ordeal with an open mind. Although Phoenix has a rough history of its players utilizing twitter as a divorce tool, we won’t know what Crowder’s actual motives are until he or his agent speaks.