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Celtics acquire Jordan Crawford in trade with Wizards

2/21/13 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Boston Celtics acquired shooting guard Jordan by the trade deadline, while shipping injured shooting guard Leandro Barbosa and center Jason Collins to the Washington Wizards on Thursday.
 
Jordan Crawford was a 27th overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2010 draft. The third-year guard Jordan Crawford was having the best season of his short career, averaging 13.2 points, 3.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds over 26.2 minutes per game, while starting 12 of 52 games for the Washington Wizards this season. Jordan Crawford had carried much of the bulk of Washington Wizards’ scoring in early season, but he had recently been unhappy with his decreased following the return of guard John Wall and emergence of rookie Bradley Beal. Despite his 41.5 percent from the field and only 34.5 percent from beyond the arc, Jordan Crawford lost favor with Washington Wizards coach Randy Whittman.
 
 The 24-year-old Jordan Crawford sat out four consecutive games before he was traded to the Boston Celtics. Jordan Crawford has two years remaining on a rookie contract that sets him up for $1.2 million this season and $2.16 million the next, before he becomes a restricted free agent.
 
The Boston Celtics have acquired a bench scorer in Jordan Crawford, who can fill the role of Leandro Barbosa while providing their depleted backcourt with a guard that can handle the ball and whom they can fall back to for scoring relief.
 
Leandro Barbosa had seen in a bump in his playing time following Rajon Rondo’s ACL injury in late January, but he tore the ACL in his own right knee only three weeks later, when he went down against Charlotte Bobcats. The 30-year-old Leandro Barbosa is waiting on his MCL sprain to heal before he undergoes knee surgery to repair the ACL injury and play out the remaining season on the season-ending injured reserve.
 
Although Jordan Crawford is likely to receive irregular playing time due to the presence of guards Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, the trade brings a slight change in the Boston Celtics’ strong defensive identity giving them someone them a 6-foot-4 body to solely focus on scoring.  
 
Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards are receiving the expiring contracts of Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins in the trade, as both players are set to become free agents this summer. The Washington Wizards have been shifting to a more veteran experienced group of players to encourage point guard John Wall’s growth in a more stable environment. The trade move also puts the Washington Wizards under the 2013 salary cap, considering Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza exercise their player options. Moreover, Jason Collins adds much needed depth to the Washington Wizards interior.
 
Parting with Jason Collins in the trade could in itself raise some questions about the Boston Celtics’ own interior depth. But they could always compensate that by increasing the minutes of Chris Wilcox or Fab Melo.
The 11-year veteran Jason Collins has been averaging 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds while playing 10 minutes per game for the Boston Celtics this season.
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