The Washington Wizards traded one of their top scorers in Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics for two players that will have no positive impact on the team this season or any season in the foreseeable future.
Washington received shooting guard Leandro Barbosa, who is done for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, and veteran center Jason Collins, who is averaging 1.2 points per game. The Wizards will have to pay $1.2 million of Barbosa’s expiring contract, which means the move to trade Crawford was clearly an effort by the organization to get rid of the disgruntled player and save money. Barbosa will become a free agent this summer and Washington will unlikely be able to re-sign him.
“Jordan did not fit into our current plans . . . or our future plans,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said. “At this time, we thought it was in the best interest of everyone if we make this trade. It will be a good situation for Jordan. He might get an opportunity to go to a better team and help them and it will allow us to continue on the path that we’re trying to build in the locker room, with work ethic and team play, where everybody is on the same page and wanting to play for the same reasons. Being unselfish offensively and playing good, aggressive defense.”
Crawford is averaging 13.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 41.5 percent from the floor. His shooting habits and overall poor attitude towards his role on the team were two main reasons why the Wizards went through with the last minute trade. However, if Washington knew they wanted to get rid of him then they should have found a way to get more in the deal. I understand that saving $2.2 million next season could go a long ways, but not getting a decent player in return for someone who has spent most of the year being the team’s leading scorer is bad management.
On the other hand, if the Wizards believe Crawford was truly a bad apple who was contaminating the locker room then they did what they had to do. However, considering Washington ranks dead last in the NBA in points per game (91.3), the last thing they should be doing is trading away a scorer and not get another one in return.