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Suns reportedly want Max Strus from Heat in any trade for Jae Crowder

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Max Strus #31 of the Miami Heat is seen during the game against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on November 4, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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If this is the ask, Phoenix might as well move along because Miami is not going for this.

It’s no secret the Heat have talked to the Suns about a possible Jae Crowder trade, with Miami being one of Crowder’s preferred landing spots. They haven’t been close to a deal, and now we may know why. From Ian Begley of SNY.TV.

Per SNY sources, some with Phoenix see Miami’s Max Strus as an integral part of any return for Crowder. I’d assume that Miami would be reluctant to move Strus in a deal for Crowder.

He would assume correctly. If the Heat were willing to put Strus in a deal, one would already be done.

The Heat do not want to include Strus, who is averaging 14.2 points a game, is shooting 35.9% from 3, and can often be found as part of Erik Spoelstra’s closing lineups. The Heat see Strus as a less expensive, better defending version of Duncan Robinson on the wing — Robinson is available in a deal, but that’s not a good salary match with Crowder (Robinson makes about $6 million a year more). The Heat don’t think swapping Strus out for Crowder as a serious upgrade despite the positional need, something I have discussed with Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel in our weekly conversations on all things Heat.

Any Heat trade for Crowder likely doesn’t occur until January, when players such as Dewayne Dedmon and the injured Victor Oladipo become available to be part of a deal.

This rumor sounds like the Suns’ wish list.