The Celtics have acquired the bench scorer they were looking for, trading the expiring contract of injured guard Leandro Barbosa and center Jason Collins to the Washington Wizards for shooting guard Jordan Crawford, according to NBA sources.
Crawford, 24, averaged 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 43 games for Washington this season. But he’s known as a streaky shooter and has experienced a major slump, having been benched for Washington’s last four games. The 6-foot-4-inch Crawford has two years left on his rookie contract after being selected 27th overall by Atlanta in 2010.
After the move the C’s now have four big men on the roster (including Fab Melo) as well as two open roster spots. With Terrence Williams just on a 10-day contract as well, Ainge has plenty of roster flexibility for the upcoming days to make a serious run at any player that becomes available on the free agent market.
Stay tuned for much more analysis on Crawford in the coming hours. For now though, sound off in the comments. What are your thoughts on the trade?