Free agent target No. 1: Jae Crowder, Forward
Here we bring together the perfect combination of player value, fit on the Hawks and connection to head coach Quin Snyder. In 2018 Crowder was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz, and he would play 107 games with the Jazz over the next season-plus.
Crowder’s career has been a bit up-and-down, but he has established himself over the past few seasons as a key player for contending teams. He is a tough defender, capable of playing at the 3 or the 4, and is not afraid to get up a high volume of 3-point attempts. It was in Utah under Quin Snyder that Crowder increased his shooting volume, something he has continued since to maximize his value to a team.
The Milwaukee Bucks traded for Jae Crowder at the NBA Trade Deadline this year, and he is playing a key rotation role on their title-contending team. While they may wish to re-sign Crowder this summer, the new CBA could limit their spending flexibility. If Crowder hits the market, Snyder could appeal to their relationship to help bring him in.
The Hawks could benefit from a player like Jae Crowder, who is something akin to what De’Andre Hunter was supposed to be. If they can move on from John Collins, Crowder would be an option to start at the 4, giving this team some much-needed spacing without compromising the defense. Quin Snyder’s connections leaguewide could help in free agency, and Crowder looks like the best candidate for Snyder to utilize that leverage.