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The trade deadline is entering the final hours and things have been quiet. Could the Wizards make a deal before the deadline?
The Washington Wizards are receiving interest on Jordan Crawford from the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics, per Ken Berger of CBS Sports. The Wizards and Celtics are discussing a Crawford for Fab Melo swap, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The trade deadline is entering the final hours the Wizards are said to be "waiting this one out".
Mike Prada from Bullets Forever had this to say about a deal with the Celtics involving Fab Melo for Jordan Crawford:
I'd be disappointed in only getting Fab Melo for Steez. Melo is a project big man that has barely done anything this year, both in Boston and in the NBA Developmental League. The Wizards already have plenty of project big men on their roster. Adding another is pointless.
Prada also chimed in with thoughts on a possible deal for Crawford with a variety of players in Dallas:
The Mavericks have a number of interesting young pieces that line up in a potential Crawford deal. CBS Sports' Ken Berger reported that the Mavericks are shopping guards Rodrigue Beaubois and Dominique Jones. Later, he noted that Brandan Wright is also available, and the Mavericks also have Jared Cunningham and Jae Crowder hanging around the bottom of their bench. All but Beaubois have salaries that match up perfectly in a potential Crawford deal.
Of the players mentioned, I'd prefer Wright and Crowder the most. Crowder was a favorite of mine around draft time, and Wright's the kind of long, active big man that hasn't been given a chance yet.
Crawford has appeared in 43 games for the Wizards this season and has averaged 13.2 points, 3.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds. Crawford shoots 34-percent from three-point land on the season and during December he averaged 19.1 points and 6.1 assists during 35.8 minutes per game.
During his three years in the NBA, Crawford has averaged 13.4 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.7 rebounds in his role primarily off the bench.
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