Winderman: 2020-21 might have to be an alternate reality for Heat | Commentary

MORE THAN MONEY: Yes, the divorce between Jae Crowder and the Heat was inevitable once the Heat declined to go more than one season with guaranteed money in free agency. But upon his arrival to the Phoenix Suns, Crowder said the Dallas Mavericks actually offered more than the $30 million over three years he received from the Suns. “I just envisioned a bigger role for myself on this team,” Crowder told Arizona Sports 98.7FM. “When I sat back and I thought about it, obviously, Dallas is a place where they drafted me. I will always have love for Dallas,” said Crowder, who entered the NBA in 2012 as a second-round pick with Dallas. “Whenever I sat back and took both phone calls and I hung up both phone calls I envisioned myself here in Phoenix over Dallas.” To Crowder, it was another challenge, similar to helping push the Heat to last season’s NBA Finals. “You look at a team that has not been to the playoffs in 11 years, I want to be a part of the reason why we got back onto the winning side,” he said.

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