|Let's see how the Garnett-Crawford relationship goes. (Getty Images)|
In what has been a less-than-interesting trade deadline so far, the Washington Wizards have agreed to send shooting guard Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics for center Jason Collins and the expiring contract of shooting guard Leandro Barbosa, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
With so many injuries to the Celtics' backcourt (Rajon Rondo, Barbosa), Boston could really use some scoring punch in the backcourt and a guard who can handle the ball. Crawford is technically that type of player. He's having the best season of his short career, averaging 13.2 points, 3.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He's shooting just 41.5 percent from the field and only 34.5 percent from the 3-point line, but both of those numbers are career highs.
The Wizards have been transitioning to a more veteran, more mature group of players to give point guard John Wall a stable environment to develop in. While Crawford was never a big problem, his play and his shot selection left a little to be desired at times. Also, with the emergence of rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal following Wall's return from injury, it made Crawford a lot more expendable at the deadline.
This move puts the Wizards just under the salary cap heading into next season, assuming Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza exercise their player options. They'll save roughly $2.1 million for next season heading into this offseason.
The addition of Jason Collins to the Wizards gives them more depth to their interior, which they've been lacking for most of the season. It's also a curious inclusion by the Celtics, considering they haven't a lot of depth inside. However, they can always just increase minutes to guys like Chris Wilcox and Fab Melo to make up for the subtraction.
Barbosa is out for the season with an ACL tear that he suffered on Feb. 11.