Jae Crowder appears to respond to critics: ‘It won’t make me or break me!’
Jae Crowder seems to be in a tenuous spot with the Celtics. The team recently signed Gordon Hayward to a $128 million contract and selected forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft –– after choosing forward Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 selection last year.
But the veteran big man isn’t going down without a fight.
Crowder appeared to respond Tuesday to critics who are doubting his importance on the roster. In a tweet, he vowed to fight on. “LOVE OR HATE ME…BUT I SWEAR IT WONT MAKE ME OR BREAK ME!!,” he said, before inserting two devil-face emojis.
When the Celtics acquired Hayward, it seemed as if Crowder would be the odd man out. But then they traded Avery Bradley to the Pistons, clearing the necessary salary cap space. Crowder, who’s signed for three more years and roughly $22 million, is still on the team.
At first glance, it appears inevitable Crowder will lose playing time to Hayward and Tatum. But head coach Brad Stevens said earlier this month he’s abandoning traditional positions for his lineup. That bodes well for Crowder, who can play multiple positions and is a plus-defender.
There was a question of how Crowder would perceive Hayward, given his unhappiness when Celtics fans cheered Hayward during a visit to the T.D. Garden last season. Isaiah Thomas, however, says he doesn’t think the two will have any problems co-existing.
Crowder, 27, averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog