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Jae Crowder’s mom passed away the night he became a Cavalier

Helen Thompson was 51 and had been battling cancer.

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Jae Crowder’s mother, Helen Thompson, died the night Crowder was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. She was 51 and had been battling cancer for an unspecified amount of time. confirmed the news, which was first reported by Leading Sports Media yesterday.

On Aug. 13, Crowder tweeted “Pray for me and my family,” and has not posted to social media.

The Cavs acquired Crowder, Isaiah Thomas and Ante Zizic in exchange for Kyrie Irving. In Clevleand, it’s unclear what Crowder’s role will be. Right now, that’s likely not on his mind.

Last year with the Celtics, the 27-year-old Crowder appeared in 72 games - all starts - and averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting a career-best 39.8 percent from three. He is signed through the 2019-20 season.

Per, the Cavs are hoping to have an introductory press conference for Crowder, Thomas and Zizic in the next few weeks.