The Miami Heat have expressed confidence that Jae Crowder would prefer to end up with their team.

Crowder didn't want to leave the Heat following their trip to The Finals, but the franchise wasn't willing to match his three-year, $29.1 million offer he received from the Phoenix Suns.

Crowder remains away from the Suns as they look for a trade partner. 

The Heat will struggle to find matching salary for Crowder until Caleb Martin, Victor Oladipo and Dewane Dedmon become trade eligible. 

The Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics have each been linked to Crowder, but none of those teams are currently involved in talks. 

The Atlanta Hawks are also believed to be a preferred landing spot for Crowder.