Celtics trade Collins, Barbosa to Wizards for Crawford

Celtics trade Collins, Barbosa to Wizards for Crawford
February 21, 2013, 3:00 pm
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LOS ANGELES – While the Boston Celtics didn't make the blockbuster trade some anticipated, the C's did address a need on the eve of the trade deadline by sending Leandro Barbosa's expiring contract to Washington for Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford.

It doesn't have the kind of sizzle that Celtics Nation was hoping for, but the C's had no choice but to pull the trigger on a deal that is overwhelmingly lopsided in their favor.

Barbosa is out for the rest of the season, so flipping his contract for a player like Crawford was far too appealing to pass on.

There were some discussions between the two teams that would have included Fab Melo instead of Barbosa, but the C's were able to convince the Wizards that the minimal savings they would get by taking Barbosa's contract was more valuable than the addition of Melo.

But money wasn't the sole motivation for the Wizards, especially when you consider it involved a low, first-round draft pick salary.

Crawford, in his two-plus seasons in Atlanta and Washington, is a career 13.4 points per game scorer.

While his numbers this season (13.2 points per game) are consistent with his career average, it was clear that the Wizards were going in a different direction that would reduce his role.

He averaged 26.2 minutes per game this season, but played 24 or fewer minutes in each of his last 13 games with the Wizards.

As far as his role with the Celtics, it will likely be similar to what they were looking for from Barbosa.

And that's a player that falls under the "wild card" umbrella who on any given night can carry a team to victory but more often than not will see limited minutes.

Crawford, the No. 27 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, is a shoot-first player who can create his own shot off the dribble, but doesn't have elite foot speed like Barbosa.

Like the Celtics other recent addition, Terrence Williams, Crawford comes from a losing situation which raises questions as to how he will adapt to being a Boston Celtic.

"He has an edge to him that could be really good, or really, really bad for Boston," said an Eastern Conference scout of Crawford. "But to get him, for a player (Barbosa) who is out for the year? It's a great deal for Boston, but you have wonder, Washington wanted him gone that bad? Makes you wonder ..."

The deal still needs to be finalized and approved by the NBA, so it's unclear if Crawford will join the team in time for Friday's game at Phoenix. However, he is expected to be with the Celtics at some point during their current road trip.

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