It looks like another player may be on the move. Here is a report from USA Today with the combined reports of Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick.
Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford is not pleased with his reduced role, and the Wizards are looking to move him, a person familiar with Washington’s thinking told USA TODAY Sports.
A few days ago, the shooting guard tweeted out his December stats:
12/1/12 – 12/31/12 20 6 5
— Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) February 17, 2013
Obviously, he is not happy that he is getting DNPs as of late for the Wizards. His minutes decreased after December; he played nearly 36 minutes per game in December and it dropped considerably to 22.5 minutes in January. It didn’t help that he missed four games with a sore ankle. He hasn’t played in the last four games and he really wasn’t given much of a reason to why he’s sitting out these games. Crawford tossed his jersey out to the crowd after their loss against the Raptors.
The Wizards were also rumored to go after Josh Smith, just like basically half the league. Washington supposedly mentioned that everyone is available except for John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Nene. And if the Wizards don’t get Smith, they don’t want to take any long-term contracts back. They’re obviously also setting up for the big free agent class of 2014, which could include LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Kobe Bryant would be a free agent after the 2013-14 season, too, but it’s very unlikely he’ll go anywhere else.
Crawford is averaging 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists this season. He was drafted by New Jersey late in the first round in 2010 and was immediately traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Damion James. Crawford would play half a season with Atlanta before getting traded to Washington where he would take advantage of an increased role.
The trading deadline is on Thursday at 3 p.m.