January 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford (15) stands on the court against the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Grade The Trade: Washington Wizards Send Jordan Crawford To The Boston Celtics

According to numerous reports, the Washington Wizards will be sending guard Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Leandro Barbosa.

Rookie Fab Melo was originally thought to be the Celtics player headed to D.C, but that ultimately never came into fruition.

Through 43 games, Crawford is averaging 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He’s been a DNP over the past four games for Washington, as a recent shooting slump (41% from the field on the year) has cost him significant minutes in the rotation. Jordan is owed a little under $7 million over the next three seasons. His contract expires in 2014-15.

Barbosa will miss the rest of the regular season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Before his injury, he was averaging 5.2 points and 1.4 assists for Boston. He’s in the last year of his $1.2 million dollar deal, which will expire at the end of the season.

UPDATE: The Celtics will also include center Jason Collins as part of the deal.


Washington made this move strictly for financial reasons. Barbosa will more than likely never suit up for the team, as he’s currently out of action with a torn ACL. I doubt the Wizards have any intention to re-sign him to a new deal during the summer.

Jordan was rotting on the bench as of late anyways, so no harm, no foul.


The Celtics desperately needed more depth at the guard positions, after losing both Barbosa and All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to season-ending injuries.

Crawford isn’t a prototypical point guard by any means, which is something the roster could use at the moment. Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry are essentially combo guards pretending to be facilitators at the one spot, so Jordan doesn’t bring much to the table that those three don’t already provide.

In 31 games Crawford played without teammate John Wall, he averaged a team-high 15.6 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds. Since his return, his numbers and minutes dropped across the board.

Considering his role on the Celtics will be nothing more than to provide some instant offense in small spurts, I suppose the team could have done a lot worse. A change of scenery might be good for him, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will see significant playing time.

He’s a healthy backcourt player, and that’s all he really needs to be for now.

Chris Walder is the Editor of Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter at @WalderSports

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