It seems as if the ‘Steez’ era may be coming to an end in Washington.
After sitting out four consecutive games due to a ‘coaches decision’, the Washington Wizards have reportedly made Jordan Crawford available through trade. Unlike the few other Wizards players which are patiently waiting for their opportunity on the bench, Crawford isn’t taking the bench assignment lightly. ‘JCraw’ recently tweeted his statistics for the month of December, subliminally expressing his frustration of sitting on the bench. Most recently, Crawford tossed his jersey into the stands after the Wizards lost at home to the Raptors, and reportedly ignored the Washington media after practice. Washington has dealt with plenty of headcases and have made it a priority of getting rid of the players (see Nick Young, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee) who don’t seem to have their head straight.
I’m honestly torn at the possibility of losing Crawford, especially since he’s shown that he could be a viable contributor for the struggling Wizards. Washington struggled for a large part of the season, especially with John Wall out due to injury, and Crawford seemed to be the only one who could contribute on a consistent basis. Crawford averaged 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in December for the Wizards. With Bradley Beal coming into his own, it’s been tough for Randy Wittman to insert Crawford into the rotation. Washington’s bread and butter has been their defense, so Crawford doesn’t really fit into their puzzle anymore. I’d like to see Washington utilize Crawford more at the backup point guard position, but it seems like the coaching staff has ruled out that possibility. With all that said, the once promising Wizard, seems to be on the move.
Crawford gets slightly over just one million dollars per season, so it’ll be very tough for Washington to get anything of value back for him. There has been some speculation of Washington possibly acquiring Fab Melo from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Crawford. Melo, who is known for his potential on the defensive end of the floor, wouldn’t be very productive in D.C, especially since he would likely play behind Nene, Okafor, and Kevin Seraphin. At the end of the day, if that’s the best deal Washington could string together, I’d pull the trigger. Nene could probably take the fellow Brazilian under his wing to help him further develop as a basketball player. On the other hand, the Boston Celtics have dealt with plenty of injuries this season, and could use some help in the back court. I’m not sure Crawford would provide stability playing point guard, but he’d obviously help them in the scoring department. I think it’s a win-win for both teams.
I once thought Jordan Crawford would have a bright future in the nations capital, but that seems to be coming to an abrupt end. At this point, I’m hoping Ernie Grunfeld and Ted Leonsis could put together a decent deal come the trade deadline.
It’s been nice knowing ‘ya, Jordan.