Jae Crowder's mother lost her battle with cancer the same night he was traded to Cleveland

The news that Jae Crowder was going to be traded from the Boston Celtics was an absolute afterthought for the 27-year-old forward. Us fans later discovered this when the news of his mother's death came out.

Jae's mom, Helen, had been battling cancer for quite some time. Jae asked for prayers earlier in August when her disease seemed to have worsened:

On Thursday, it was confirmed that Helen had lost her battle with cancer on the same night that her son was traded to Cleveland. I would be surpsided if the trade even crossed Jae's mind at that point. The mother of Jae's daughter posted this in her memory:

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Relocating for work was the very least of Jae or his family's concerns, but it certainly doesn't help. Jae's ruthless grind and gritty defense will be missed in Boston.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jae and his family during this difficult time and we wish him the best in his next chapter in Cleveland.

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