LOS ANGELES — The Celtics have acquired the bench scorer they were looking for, trading the expiring contract of injured guard Leandro Barbosa and center Jason Collins to the Washington Wizards for shooting guard Jordan Crawford, according to NBA sources.
Crawford, 24, averaged 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 43 games for Washington this season. But he’s known as a streaky shooter and has experienced a major slump, having been benched for Washington’s last four games. The 6-foot-4-inch Crawford has two years left on his rookie contract after being selected 27th overall by Atlanta in 2010.
He is a career 40 percent shooter and is 29.9 percent from the 3-point line (34.5 percent this season). The acquisition of Crawford means the Celtics are not only padding their roster for this season but also adding help for the future. Collins averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 32 games, providing depth but not much more.
In Washington, Crawford clashed with coach Randy Wittman and fell out of the rotation, making him expendable.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Tuesday that the team was holding on to Barbosa’s contract as a potential trade chip with the NBA trade deadline on Thursday afternoon. Barbosa tore his left anterior cruciate ligament Feb. 11 in Charlotte and will miss the rest of the season.