Things are beginning to heat up on trade deadline day, as after appearing to swing and miss on some blockbuster deals earlier this week, Danny Ainge is considering some minor moves now to give Doc Rivers so added reinforcements for the stretch drive. With nearly no young assets or draft picks Danny is willing to give up, along with a tight salary cap situation, Fab Melo appears to be the prime candidate to be moved…for pretty much anything useful at this point.
How bare is the market for him? C’s are considering dealing him for Jordan Crawford, who just fell out of the Wizards rotation last week. Crawford has also reportedly requested a trade. Here’s Chris Broussard of ESPN.com with the scoop:
With Fab Melo as the bait, Celtics looking to add perimeter scoring. Wizards’ Jordan Crawford available @ on their radar
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 21, 2013
CH’s Take: There are, let’s say limited opportunities we get here to toot our own horn here during trade season with predictions, so I need to jump on the chance to do so while I can. I actually predicted the Celtics making a run at Crawford with Melo last night.
Fab Melo for Jordan Crawford……who says no?
— celticshub (@CelticsHub) February 20, 2013
The sad part of this offer is that Melo’s potential still might not be enough to convince Washington to deal Crawford. The shooting guard has his flaws, coming out of the Nick Young school of no shot is a bad shot, but he’s also averaging 13.2 points (albeit inefficient) points per game. That’s roughly 13.2 more points per game that can be counted on from Melo, who is at least 2-3 years from being a player any team could count on in their rotation. Even then, it’s no sure thing Melo will pan out, although he clearly has the size and defensive tools to intrigue NBA GM’s.
The Celtics would probably like to be more patient with him, but with literally no other assets to deal, they probably figure it’s not worth the wait to get some help for a team that desperately needs help now. The Wizards have time to be patient, but they also could try to find a more promising prospect for a guy who is as talented as Crawford.
All things considered, if the Celtics have the opportunity they should pull the trigger here. Washington might hold out for a cash or second round pick sweetener in addition to Melo, but Crawford is better than most free agents you are going to get off the street. As Doc Rivers said, this team just needs capable players right now above anything else and Crawford is one of those Nate Robinson types who could win a game or two for you if he gets hot. Surrounded by a decent supporting cast for the first time this season, he could be a nice spark in Boston.