Player Dallas Mavericks should have never given up on: 4. Jae Crowder
The Mavs acquired Crowder in a draft night trade back in 2012, and the second-round pick became part of the team’s rotation as a rookie. He was a role player capable of defending multiple positions with a bright future. It appeared Dallas had landed a rotation piece in the second round, but they decided to trade him in a quickly regrettable deal.
The Mavericks traded away Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, their 2016 first-round pick, and Crowder to acquire Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell. Dallas hoped Rondo would help the team contend in Dirk’s twilight, but he did not even finish the season with the team.
Crowder became a starter and key two-way player in Boston, and he helped the Heat and Suns reach the NBA Finals in back to years in 2020 and 2021. The 6’6 forward is a stellar role player that competes hard on both ends of the floor and helps his team win.
The Mavs would love to have Jae Crowder on the team right now. He would be another trusted defender and shot-maker that head coach Jason Kidd could rely on. Crowder’s spent his first two and half seasons in Dallas, but he decided against returning when he joined the Suns in free agency in 2020.