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Celtics Are Considering Trading Fab Melo for Jordan Crawford?

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:

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.


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.


  • Anthony

    Celts save money and create Team Brazil in DC… why not, let's go for it.

  • Oldutican

    What does another shooting guard add to a team that relies too much on jump shots and is the worst rebounding team in the NBA? If you are looking for a marginal trade, see what big man you can get for Melo and Bass.

    • Anthony

      I think it's more about adding another scorer rather than a SG. Outside of Pierce, Celts have no reliable scorers. You lose nothing by giving Fab and doubt there are too many takers on a declining Bass.

    • Rav

      Fab Melo is averaging fewer rebounds for us right now than Crawford would if he came in.

  • IBleedGreen

    Rondo and Bass for Josh Smith and Pachulia – suggested by Bill Simmons. I LOVE IT! PLEASE GET IT DONE.

    • OKCeltic

      That would be nice, but not even ATL is that dumb.

      • OKCeltic

        Besides, I'm still not sold on getting rid of RR. Quality PGs are almost as hard to find as quality Cs. I'd like to believe RR is absorbing all that's going on with the team right now and incorporates the same approach into his game when he gets back. One can always hope.

        • Sophomore

          OK – but there's a choice to make here.

          If you believe in the win-now strategy – you think the Celtics can't trade KG or Pierce, because they have a shot at the title – then trading Rondo may be the best way to go. We can argue forever about how good Rondo will be next year, but we know he isn't going to contribute anything this year. If you can turn a player on IR into two players who help with the Cs' greatest weaknesses, that does mortgage your future but it does give you a much better shot of winning this year.

          Or we can twist in the wind and stay where we are – we're a good team that isn't good enough to win it all this year, that looks to be on a downslope.

    • Jamie

      Actually Simmons was initially saying Green and Bass for Smith and Russillo couldn't stop laughing.

      • Sophomore

        Well, OK. This could be the case too. But Atlanta has done some very strange things over the years.

  • Josh_5

    I posted a trade similar to this 3 weeks ago here. I proposed Okafor and Crawford for Bass, Melo and a pick. It works on the trade machine and I'd love to get a banger like Okafor to solidify our front line.

    • Josh_5

      Woops! instead of the draft pick it was Terry.

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  • Jordan Crawford is a great player. He is a real hero when he is on the court. I adore him for who & what he is.