Had you told anyone who has watched the NBA over the past few seasons that the Boston Celtics could have Jordan Crawford running the point for them this season, the word disaster would immediately have come to mind. In his time with the Washington Wizards and half season with the Celtics last year, Crawford had been nothing more than an inefficient chucker with a glaring lack of self-awareness on the basketball court.
However, new head coach Brad Stevens entrusted Crawford to be a key cog for a rebuilding Celtics team with Rajon Rondo out and, subsequently, Crawford has enjoyed arguably the best year of his career. His averages aren’t wowing at 13.7 points and 5.7 assists per game on 41.3 percent shooting, but recent struggles have hurt those a bit. Particularly early in the year, Crawford seemed like a new man on the floor and was performing beautifully.
But now the time has come for Rondo to come back. Earlier this week, Rondo tweeted out a cryptic message that seemingly slates his return for Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. With that news coming out, it didn’t take long for the rumors to start circulating concerning this team.
According to Peter Vecsey, the Celtics are closing in on a trade that would involve Crawford. According to Vecsey, the Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors are all interested in the acquisition of Crawford.
Though I’m not sure what they would give up in a deal, Crawford with the Warriors would be an interesting experiment. The Warriors have certainly been playing extremely well as of late, but one of the things that they have been missing is someone in the Jarrett Jack role from last season off of the bench. While Crawford has a track-record of being far less reliable and effective than Jack, he’d be an interesting piece to add into the mix in the Bay Area.
For Boston, though, this move seems more like a necessity than anything. The Celtics are primarily concerned right now with setting themselves up for the future, acquiring assets and so on. Trading Crawford, preferably for expiring contracts, would allow them to do just that. We shall see what comes of this in the coming days.