Jordan Crawford has supreme confidence, carries an extreme chip on his shoulder, calls himself “Sizzle” and never steps on court believing that he should take a back seat to anyone. Those qualities helped Crawford overachieve for much of his career but also proved to work against him in his final days as a member of the Washington Wizards.
On Thursday, Washington traded the disgruntled third-year shooting guard to the Boston Celtics for injured veteran guard Leandro Barbosa and seldom-used veteran center Jason Collins, getting minimal return for a player who had been the team’s leading scorer until last month.
“Jordan did not fit into our current plans . . . or our future plans,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said during a news conference to announce the trade. “At this time, we thought it was in the best interest of everyone if we make this trade. It will be a good situation for Jordan. He might get an opportunity to go to a better team and help them and it will allow us to continue on the path that we’re trying to build in the locker room, with work ethic and team play, where everybody is on the same page and wanting to play for the same reasons. Being unselfish offensively and playing good, aggressive defense.”