NBA trades 2013: Wizards trade Crawford, receive minor cap relief

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards rinsed their hands of troubled guard Jordan Crawford, sending him to the Boston Celtics for the expiring contracts of injured Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins.

The Washington Wizards traded Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics in exchange for a sliver of future cap relief in the form of the expiring contracts of both Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins.

Crawford hasn't played more than ten minutes for the Wizards since February 2nd, and hasn't been on the court at all since February 6th. Randy Wittman elected to strap Crawford to the bench because of his poor shot selection and suspect defense, which initially sparked speculation that he would be traded prior to the deadline passing.

When the Wizards last played the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Crawford threw his jersey into the stands after the 88-96 defeat. On Wednesday it was reported that the Wizards would look to deal the unhappy guard, and eventually did just that for next to no return.

Initial reports indicated that the Wizards would potentially land rookie Fab Melo along with Barbosa, however, the Wizards did not want to commit salary beyond this season, and elected to take two expiring contracts.

Barbosa will be out the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, and Collins is averaging 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game this season.

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