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Report/rumor: Boston Celtics close to trading Jordan Crawford

Jan 15, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

DeAndre Jordan, Jordan Crawford, Blake Griffin

Rajon Rondo is returning soon, so the Boston Celtics must…

Nothing, really.

I guess they’ll have to move Keith Bogans to the inactive list, but that’s really the extent of it. Considering Bogans is excused from the team for personal reasons and rarely played prior to that, the move has no significance.

The Celtics don’t need to trade or waive anyone, because Rondo already occupies a roster spot. That’s just how the NBA works.

But they might make a move, anyway.

Longtime NBA writer and longtime NBA rumormonger Peter Vecsey:

If you’re looking to determine the reliability of that tweet – always a necessary task with Vecesey, who sometimes breaks news and sometimes spreads nonsense – here’s a follow-up tweet.

I get the part about it being impossible to name every interested team. But impossible to be correct about the teams he named? OK.

Besides his own tweet undermining his credibility, Vecsey’s initial claim contradicts an agreement made in the aftermath of the Doc Rivers-to-the-Celtics saga. The reliable Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

Vecsey not being aware of the Rivers agreement – which, possibly, could have been overturned since – doesn’t mean the rest of the initial report is inaccurate. But it does raise doubts.

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Despite all that, trading Crawford, whose rookie-scale contract expires after the season, makes some sense for the Celtics.

Crawford is having his best season, significantly raising his assist rate and lowering his turnover rate while playing a lot of lead guard in Boston. He really rises to the occasion when pressed into a larger role, as he did when starting for the Wizards last season.

But his focus wanes in smaller roles, the type of role he’d occupy for a quality team that would acquire him by giving up a future asset to the rebuilding Celtics.

Maybe Boston could get a second rounder for him – if he’s actually close to being traded.

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Always felt he’s been undervalued. Good backup 2-gaurd that can play some point.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Makes sense. Probably not going to pay him what he wants after this year so why not get something back now.

  3. borisalessandri - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but that looks like a picture of Courtney Lee and Blake Griffin.
    If you’re going to continue to use that picture you should post a sidenote *Not Pictured Jordan Crawford

  4. timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Why is there a pic of Jared Bayless?

    • pfic15 - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Its PBT….lol.

    • borisalessandri - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      upon further review you’re correct, that is Jerryd Bayless. the headband was a dead give away

  5. casualcommenter - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    “Impossible to be correct”

    Er – that reporter could try finding a reliable source in the Celtics front office who would know that information.

    And if he can’t find a reliable source, he could try not reporting anything due to not having any sources.

    You know, journalistic integrity and all that.

    Sigh.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      But if he turns out to be right, he broke the story! That’s what it’s all about these days.

  6. jcmeyer10 - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Gimme Jimmer. I don’t know if Bradley can sustain his type of shooting success.

    • norcalkingsfan - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Na, we’re keeping Jimmer now that we have a coach. You can have MarcusThornton though. :)

      • jcmeyer10 - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        Haha, I don’t know why I want to see if this kid can bring it in the NBA level but gosh darn I want him on the Celtics.

        If nothing else than for entertainment value during this season.

  7. justindad2 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    If C’s like ROX 23 YO 7′ 250# D-MO, C or PF, (who wants for more PT), salary match, then it should be done deal.

    • norcalkingsfan - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      I thiiiiiink i got that.

      what is ROX and D-MO though?

      • iritian - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        I believe he means “Rockets’ 23 year old, 7 foot, 250 pound Donatas Montiejunas”

  8. jcmeyer10 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Crawford and Brooks going to Warriors Celtics getting back Joel… (didn’t catch the ESPN phone blurb in time to click)

    • jcmeyer10 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Heat acquire Toney Douglas
      Celtics acquire Joel Anthony

      someone gets picks.

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