The Boston Celtics traded for Jordan Crawford of the Washington Wizards today and cut ties with Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins, but kept both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in green for the remainder of the season. With the passing of the trade deadline, the Celtics made a minor move, and will keep two of their cornerstone players.
While the Celtics had been actively engaged in talks to trade for both Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Garnett, in the end, it wound up being wasted time for Danny Ainge. Garnett had expressed he had no intention of waiving his no-trade clause and will now finish the season with the Celtics.
The Nets' willingness to a deal centered on forward Kris Humphries, guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick, but the Celtics want a more substantial package to consider moving Pierce, league sources said.
"The Celtics still highly value Pierce and it wouldn't make sense to trade him for that kind of a package if they're keeping Kevin Garnett," one league source said.
Instead, the Celtics kept both veterans, and made a smaller move in the acquisition of guard Jordan Crawford. On the season Crawford is averaging 15.1 points per game on 41.9 percent shooting from the field and 33.1 percent from deep. He will make just $1.2 million this season and $2.1 million next season before becoming a restricted free agent. The Celtics will look to use his scoring ability to bolster their bench with the hope that being on a team surrounded by veterans can reel in his notably poor shot selection.