We often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics. Here’s a look at some enemy chatter from Washington related to the deal for Jordan Crawford.
BNIE: A. Leandro Barbosa wasn’t giving their second unit real punch when on the court, is out anyway and is expiring at the end of the year. Jordan Crawford gives Danny Ainge another rookie who can grease a trade as the Celtics rebuild while giving Doc Rivers a situational player his veteran heavy roster can handle without difficulty and perhaps groom in the Nate Robinson mold. This is all upside for the Celtics. They get younger, a trade asset, and have no reason to expect a drop-off in the on-court product, though losing a bit of crucial front-line depth. Ernie, you just got Ainge’d.
JKhan15: A. Hey, free player! The Celtics need offense, and Crawford can potentially help with that. And they didn’t have to trade away anything of substance to get him. Now the Celtics have a young player on his rookie contract. If he develops, great; if not, let him go. There’s no real downside for Boston here.
Jeff: A, because they essentially gave up nothing for a cheap, capable scorer. He can either help out the Celtics or be packaged in a trade next season. Either way, the Celtics traded two non-assets for one decent asset. Danny Ainge should apologize to Ernie Grunfeld, kind of like how Sollozzo apologized to Michael for having his father shot.
Mike: B+ for me. They get something for nothing, though I do wonder how Crawford will handle playing in that environment. At worst, he can provide what Leandro Barbosa did before he got dealt.
Upon the passing of the trade deadline, the consensus reaction from most Celtics fans was, “Jordan Crawford was the best we could do? WTF Danny?”
But, as you can tell from the Bullets bloggers on SB Nation, there’s an entirely different perspective in Washington. They believe the Celtics got something for nothing, that Crawford will help the Celtics and Danny Ainge fleeced Bullets GM Ernie Grunfeld.
It’s not all roses. Read this Washington Post article and you’ll realize that Crawford had worn out his welcome in DC. There’s a lot of disdain for Crawford, but those emotions are lost because of the lopsided nature of the deal.
And we’re just learning about an incident KG had with Crawford during those lockout workouts in the fall of 2011. Garnett allegedly smacked the youngster upside the head. This should be fun.
Jordan Crawford… welcome to Boston. Follow him on Twitter.