Boston Celtics trade for Jordan Crawford, give back Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins to Washington Wizards
Well, we knew a backcourt of just Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, and Avery Bradley would not last the rest of the season, and sure enough, per Chris Forsberg at ESPN — the Celtics swapped the injured Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins for Jordan Crawford.
Yes, he is another combo guard with little ball handing skills. Yes the Celtics need a shooting guard with size or a point guard who can handle, and Crawford is neither. Yes he looks funny when he dribbles the ball up the court.
He is a guard, and he can score, and Boston picked him up for Barbosa who was out for the rest of the season on a one-year deal, and Jason Collins who scored 8 buckets this year. I can only complain so much, ya know?
That being said, losing Collins will hurt as the big man rotation is now KG, Bass, Wilcox… and Fab? PJ Brown still around? I would be surprised if the Celtics don’t search the free agent market for another big body who can deliver 6 fouls. There are other Collins brothers right? (too soon?)
Unexpected bonus– Crawford was the player responsible for dunking on Lebron James, at Lebron’s skills academy, which prompted Mr. James to throw a hissy-fit trying to confiscate the video footage. A stretch, but I will take any mental advantage against last year’s MVP and NBA champion (see: Delonte West).