According to Peter Vecsey, the Boston Celtics appear close to trading Jordan Crawford with Rajon Rondo nearing a return to the lineup. It’s a bit of an odd time for a trade to be developing, considering that it was just after 3:00 a.m. ET when he tweeted it, but rumors are fun regardless of the time. Vecsey doesn’t say when the trade will happen or what the Celtics are looking for in return, but he does list a few teams that have had interest in the scoring guard.
Vecsey lists the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors as teams that have had interest in Crawford at some point. The Nets are dealing with an injury to star point guard Deron Williams, and the Warriors have been on the prowl for a backup point guard. While Crawford doesn’t fit the mold of a point guard, the Warriors apparently still have interest.
Crawford, 25, is what some would call a volume shooter. He is on the floor mainly to score points but is still able to help in other areas — averaging 13.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game but makes just 41 percent of his shots. At just 25-years-old, Crawford is certainly not too old to still be considered developing. While Crawford probably shouldn’t be a starter on most good teams, he is still an extremely useful player. He is certainly above average, as shown by his 16.32 PER (player efficiency rating).
The NBA Trade Deadine isn’t until February, but we have already seen a few significant trades occur. The Sacramento Kings have already acquired Rudy Gay — Gay’s third team in less than two full seasons (Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors and of course, the Kings) — and the Cleveland Cavaliers sent Andrew Bynum to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng. As we creep closer and closer to the trade deadline, expect more trade chatter to develop. Most of the rumors, like every other year, won’t be true, but they are always fun to follow.