Deadline deal returns Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins
The jersey Jordan Crawford took off and threw into the stands after he saw no playing time for the fourth straight game Tuesday was the last one he wore for Washington.
The Wizards parted ways with the third-year guard just before the NBA trade deadline Thursday, sending him to the Boston Celtics in exchange for injured Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa and veteran center Jason Collins, who both have expiring contracts and will become free agents this summer.
Barbosa, a close friend of Nene, won't suit up in Washington. He is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee suffered Feb. 11. Collins, in his 12th NBA season, has averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 32 appearances for Boston. Crawford's exit saves Washington just under $2.2 million, which he is due next season in the final year of his rookie contract.
|Nuggets at Wizards|
|When » Friday, 7 p.m.|
|Where » Verizon Center|
|TV » CSN|
The departure signals the end of a rapid downfall for Crawford (13.2 ppg, 3.7 apg, 3.1 rpg), who was the Wizards' most important offensive asset during the team's depleted first two months of the season, leading the team in scoring 17 times. With John Wall out injured for the first 33 games of the year and rookie Bradley Beal still assimilating to the NBA, Crawford shouldered the load in the backcourt. In 13 games in December, he averaged 19.1 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds, including a triple-double (27 points, 11 assists, 11 rebounds) against Atlanta on Dec. 18. The Wizards went 3-10 during that stretch.
In his first 31 games, Crawford averaged 15.6 points on 41.8 percent shooting, along with 4.6 assists. After Wall made his debut on Jan. ?12, Crawford played in just 12 games, averaging 6.9 points and 1.2 assists.
Crawford was demoted permanently after showing up late to morning shootaround Dec. 26. He came off the bench to score 23 points in a 115-113 double-overtime loss to Brooklyn on Jan. 4, a game that was in part decided by his own turnovers and missed free throws. After missing four games with a sore left ankle, he returned to hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the Wizards' 98-95 win at Portland on Jan. 21.
Even before his jersey toss, Crawford's increasing discontent with a lesser role showed as he slouched on the bench throughout that 96-88 loss to Toronto on Tuesday. On Feb. ?4, he was pulled immediately after launching a contested 3-pointer in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The downward spiral diminished what the Wizards were able to get for him in the trade market.
Crawford came to Washington at the trade deadline in 2011 along with Mo Evans in exchange for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong. As a rookie, he scored 39 points against Miami and recorded a triple-double (21 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) in a win over Cleveland.
Note » Beal chipped both of his two front teeth in a collision with Cartier Martin during practice Thursday. Martin suffered a laceration on his forehead and was slated for stitches.