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Boston Celtics acquire Jordan Crawford from Washington Wizards for Leandro Barbosa

Feb 21, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

Jordan Crawford, Iman Shumpert AP

Well, anytime you can trade a guy with one functioning ACL for a guy with two, you have to do it.

That’s obviously an oversimplification of things, but it’s hard to argue with the logic. The Boston Celtics needed a body in the backcourt, and to get it, they traded a player who was no longer of any use to the team.

The official deal has been reported as follows. The Boston Celtics will acquire guard Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards for the expiring minimum contract of Leandro Barbosa, according to Adrian Wojnarowski:

It’s a curious trade for Washington, if only because Barbosa is out for the season with a torn ACL. After previous reports had the Wizards landing rookie center Fab Melo from Boston, you’d like to think they could have squeezed a second round pick or something they could use going forward. Since Barbosa is on an expiring deal, the chances he re-signs as a free agent in Washington are slim and none. This is a straight player dump.

The Wizards must feel like this is addition by subtraction, and the further cleansing of an old era of Wizards basketball. Crawford is a bit of a knucklehead — you may remember him for hits like, “I feel I can be better than Michael Jordan” and his obsession with his “steez” — but his on court play is probably more destructive than his sometimes peculiar behavior. Crawford is a career 40 percent shooter from the field and a sub 30 percent 3-point shooter, but that hasn’t stopped him from firing up a whopping 17.3 attempts per36 minutes over his career.

While Barbosa used 21.4 percent of Boston’s possessions this year, Crawford has used 27.3 percent over his career. It might take some time for Crawford to get used to less minutes (he averaged 26 a game with Washington) and less shots, but he has to be excited for the shot at reforming his image in one of the most veteran heavy locker rooms in the league.

Crawford is still just 24, he’s a former first round pick, and he does have talent. His raw per36 numbers of 18.1 points, 5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds are only matched by a handful of players in the league, but we’ve still yet to see if Crawford can turn off the part of his brain that tells him to take horrible, horrible shots. He’ll have to do that first to take any significant playing time from Avery Bradley, Jason Terry and Courtney Lee.

For Boston, it’s a low-risk move since they aren’t sacrificing anything of use to them this year or down the line. Crawford is set to make $2.1 million next season, so the Celtics are essentially betting $1.3 million dollars of next year’s budget (the difference between a minimum contract and Crawford’s) that Crawford can help add backcourt scoring pop and depth. That seems like a bet worth making.

For Washington, it’s a bit disappointing. Crawford should have been able to net something of value in return, and Barbosa will never put on a Wizards jersey. Cleaning house is never as easy as it seems, but it’s still hard to comprehend the urgency to move Crawford for absolutely nothing.

Update: Celtics center Jason Collins will also go to Washington as part of the deal. 

  1. 13arod - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Good trade by celtics and wizards why fid you make a stupied trade??

    • miamatt - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Dor the sane teason they do everythong: stupied is as stupied does.

    • zerole00 - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      I guess Crawford was just that big a headache.

  2. no14mike - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM


  3. westof1club - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    The guy is a noted sour puss in the locker room about his minutes and long faced coming off the bench, has questionable shot selection nightly, and plays the same position their most recent lottery pick is vying to solidify.

  4. 00maltliquor - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Imcompetant moves like this is why the Wizards are the Wizards.

    29 other NBA teams are smacking thier heads going, “What? We coulda gotten this guy for free with one of our expirings?” Especially with youth and that meager salary on a talented kid.

    • money2long - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      celtics traded for crawford so when boston plays miami , boston can say they have the guy who made nike confiscate film embarrassing lebron. just to get into LBJs head. that would be funny . it worked for the wizards, they owned the heat lol

  5. bigdaddy44 - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    It appears that just like when the Celts wouldn’t let go of Bird and McHale, they will do the same with Pierce and Garnett. Looks like they might be doomed to another 20 year stretch of mediocrity.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      Nah, Anige isn’t M.L Carr; he won’t be bringing in washed up vets like pervis Ellison or Dominique Wilkins. And he won’t be drafting guys like Joe Forte insteadof tony parker.

    • andyhr17 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      1: It’s not like you can just ship Garnett to the highest bidder even if you wanted to. No trade clause means he determines if he stays or goes. He could have retired last year, but chose to come back to play with the current Celts.

      2: You don’t trade the most beloved player in recent Celtics history when all you are being offered is expiring contracts and draft picks.

      And don’t confuse current Celtics ownership/management with the people post-previous Big Three. This one is more set on winning and bringing in players.

  6. unxpexted1 - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    The Wizards regime obviously has no direction right now. This isnt a make or break move by the wizards by any means, but it just speaks to the level of stupidity in the thought process behind their moves. We could have got any other player with an expring contract to at least play some sort of minutes this year but we decide to get a dude with a torn ACL. Not a long term move by any means just the principle that bothers me.

  7. axltcu - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    NESN is reporting that the Wizards are also getting Jason Collins.

  8. bigbenh8tr - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    It’s a very smart move for the Wiz. He won’t touch the court for Boston unless Garnett/Pierce can teach him how to be a professional. People bashed the Ariza/Okafor trade, and dumping Blatch. Blatche is averaging 10 & 5, but does have a nice per of 20.

    Okafor (who the rest of the league gave up on) – 9 pts , 8 rebounds, 1 block, almost averaging a double-double with a PER, slightly above the league average, at 16.69.

    Trevor Ariza (amazing defensive presence on this young team) – 8, 4, 2 and the defensive leader on a very young team.

    We had a rough time since the Arenas playoff days when we were the Dallas Cowboys of the NBA, making the playoffs each year and losing in the first round. We had to completely overhaul the locker room to get rid of so many players who could never mature, and now are bringing in vets to help develop all of the young talent on the team.

    Ariza, Okafor – 2 great defensive players who play with hustle. Throw in Barbosa who is a close friend of Nene (who is averaging 13, 7 with a per of 18 while not 100%), will only help this team develop the young players. They will most likely have another lottery pick this year and aren’t allowing young players like Vesely to be contaminated by the minds of Blatche, McGee, Arenas). An older experienced coach can help them all develop individually but it couldn’t be done within one lockeroom, which is why the other player involved, Crittenton, is now facing charges of assault with a firearm.)

    It is a slow process but not every team can draft players like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Ibaka, and Harden in back to back to back to back drafts. Please tell me how this was a bad move for the Wizards after reading this, and realizing this gives them 2 million more cap space in the future which can easily help attract a player for a 1 year contract if need be, or secure another vet to help develop our younger players. Look at how many guys have been continuing to work out just hoping to get the league min. I’m sure some more Denver boys would be open to the Wizards down the road if they could play with Nene again. Wilson Chandler? Raymond Felton as a solid back-up to John Wall or Beal since we know the Knicks aren’t going to keep him around too long.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:28 AM

      Bar boss will never suit up for the Wiz…they wanted his expiring contract.

      Hopefully someday the wizards will be relevant again. Dump Whitman and everyone not named Wall, Beal, or Vesley and start over…again.

  9. bigbenh8tr - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    oh and I almost forgot the best part, we all knew yesterday he was leaving.

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