LOS ANGELES — Jason Collins received a text message from a friend Thursday, asking about a trade. Collins then called his agent and confirmed it: he’d been shipped from the Boston Celtics to the Washington Wizards. A few minutes later, Collins, a center, received a call from Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
Collins was shipped out along with the expiring contract of injured guard Leandro Barbosa in return for Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford.
“It’s not the first time I’ve been traded,” said Collins, who has now been traded seven times.
Collins is moving from a team likely headed for the playoffs to one that is 15-37. When asked if he’d waive his contract, Collins said that was up to his agent. He added, “For me, I have a responsibility to honor my contract and move forward from there.”
As a free agent, Collins signed a 1-year contract worth about $850,000 with the Celtics in July 2012. He played 32 games for the Celtics, averaging 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game.
Of his time with the Celtics, “I enjoyed every minute of it. Playing with future Hall of Famers, playing for a future Hall of Fame coach, in my opinion, in Doc Rivers – one of the best coaches in the league. I learned a lot even for someone who’s played 12 years in this league. I’m still learning new things every single day. I learned a lot from him. It was an honor to play for one of the greatest organizations in the history of the NBA.”