Report: Heat to target Jae Crowder, T.J. Warren if P.J. Tucker part ways

Should PJ Tucker ultimately decides to leave this summer, the Miami Heat are reportedly targeting two serviceable forwards to fill his spot.

Per Ira Winderman of the South Florida-Sun Sentinel, the Heat will have their eyes set on Phoenix Suns’ Jae Crowder and TJ Warren of the Indiana Pacers once Tucker becomes non-existent on their radar.

“Should the Heat lose out on Tucker, the team, according to an NBA source, is considering either a trade for former Heat power forward Jae Crowder, who is entering the final year of a contract that pays $10.2 million next season with the Phoenix Suns , or a possible free-agent move for Indiana Pacers forward TJ Warren.”

The Heat are currently focused to regain Tucker and expected to offer a fully-guaranteed three-year, $27M deal, but these two mentioned veterans seem good enough on paper to become his replacement.

Crowder was already a former member of the Heat, acquired in a mid-season trade with Memphis Grizzlies in the 2019-2020 season. Using his marksmanship and defensive versatility, he helped the club to go for a Finals run in the league’s resumption within the Disney Bubble.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Warren has been a reliable scoring presence in the wing, but will be a risky considering he didn’t play for the whole 2021-2022 season due to a nagging foot injury.

As such, current rumblings suggest that Tucker is likely to be headed in the Philadelphia 76ers for a three-year, $30 million contract.

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