Miami Heat: Is it time to explore the possibility of locking Jae Crowder up?

Jae Crowder #99 of the Miami Heat reacts in the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Jae Crowder #99 of the Miami Heat reacts in the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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Jae Crowder #99 of the Miami Heat celebrates with teammate Jimmy Butler #22 after a basket (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat were players at the trade deadline, landing three solid wing players, which included Jae Crowder. Is it time to explore locking him up already?

The Miami Heat’s head man is what most people would call a gambler. In Pat Riley‘s defense though, gambling is when you have an equal shot at losing as when you do winning, or at least unless you are in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or any other of the major casino hubs around the globe.

In Riles’ case, he only plays the game when the cards or deck is stacked in his favor. So in fact, he isn’t a gambler at all. He is more of what they would call a sharp in the world of “sports gaming and wagering”.

Smart money is what they usually call these sharps and Pat Riley always has his eye on his prize. At the recently exhausted NBA Trade Deadline, he pushed a few of his chips to the middle of the table, only to take back a pot that included former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, defensive mad man Solomon Hill, and someone who has proven to be somewhat of a marksmen across his first few Miami Heat games in Jae Crowder.

While Iggy was thought to be the main grab and centerpiece of that deal, things aren’t quite coming together that way at the moment. Since the trio joined the Miami Heat, not only has Jae Crowder been the absolute best of the three brought over via trade, but he has flat-out been one of the best players on the entire team.

In the three games since he has come over, he has scored in double digits in all games, going for 18, 21, and 15 points respectively. He has also averaged about 7.3 rebounds per contest, 1.3 assists, and 2 steals per game as well.

To make this all that much sweeter, he has only had two total turnovers across the three games since coming over. The ultimate cherry on top of it all though is the fact that he has shot 60 percent from deep over the three games, making 12 of his 20 attempts thus far.

While his shooting may not and probably won’t continue to be that efficient, he has shown that he can knock down the long ball and that is on top of everything else he does. Five Reasons Sports Network had an interesting thought on the acquisition. Here it is from there official Twitter account.