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Why Chris Wilcox blocked the deal to Washington

There’s a report out of Washington, DC that the Celtics and Wizards initially agreed on the inclusion of Chris Wilcox in the deal for Jordan Crawford.

I can’t blame Wilcox for blocking the deal. One, he won’t get a chance at the playoffs in Washington. Two, waiving Bird rights could cost him money. [link]

The Larry Bird exception allows an NBA team to spend above its cap number in order to re-sign players that have performed in three seasons with that team and without going to a new team as a free agent. If a player is traded, it does not count against his number of years for this exception.

The “Early Bird” exception applies to those who played for a team for each of the previous two seasons, and if he changed teams, did so by trade.

I’m mildly surprised the Celtics would agree to move Wilcox. Sure, he’s disappointed this season, but he still has a bigger upside than Jason Collins. Right?

Funny comment on the Bullets Forever blog:

How much does Wilcox suck if Boston wanted to trade him over Collins?


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  • Curt

    It pisses me entirely off that Danny would trade him before Collins. Collins is a fine player, but Wilcox is much more important.

    I encourage everyone to tweet to Wilcox that we are glad he stayed in Boston.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Wilcox is far better than “Calcified” Collins.

      They gave up nothing…they got nothing in return…and, until they make a serious effort to get younger and bigger, they`re going absolutely nowhere.

      • Celticsfanatic

        They made every effort they could to get younger. Jordan Crawford isn’t “nothing.”

        PS: you suck, see you in the ECFs in another epic battle with Miami.

        • RedsLoveChild

          To be honest i think the Celtics may beat the heat.

      • ShawnCVD

        Suggesting that Crawford is nothing without seeing him play is ridiculous. The guy could be instrumental in winning Boston a play off game this season.

        Barbosa and Collins had no such potential.

      • Hartz

        RedsLoveChild, your posts always confuse me. Just look at this exchange – the Celtics are going absolutely nowhere, yet they have what it takes to beat the defending champs? Huh?

        • RedsLoveChild

          Some A-Hole is posting under my name.

          • john

            that`s been going on for a while

          • kg215

            It’s okay you are an a-hole anyway, so it works out.

  • Mike

    From what I have read on Wilcox, the reason he does not get more time is that his thumb is still in pain and will be the remainder of the season. I’ve also heard something about him making a derogatory comment about someone’s wife but I don’t believe that blurb. But yea, his shooting hand thumb makes him just a body and nothing else. And rondo is gone so his alley oops are not there anymore also.

    • Curt

      Not with the ball in Terrence Williams’ hands. TWill can dish with the best of them.

      • Mike

        Yea he seems to see the court very well. I like him.


    I don’t get it. Hope Doc finally gives Wilcox some quality minutes now..

  • $tephanie95

    Fire doc rivers, hire Kevin Mchale

    • JG

      The point you’re missing is that he currently coaches another team.

  • frickenWaaaltaaah

    Uh what’s with the interpretation that Danny ‘preferred’ to send Wilcox?

    Wouldn’t it be more like the Wizards preferred a deal where they got Wilcox, and then when that got messed up, Danny convinced them to take Collins instead to get a deal done?

    See, everybody is saying now we got something for nothing, so doesn’t it make sense that the Wiz at least wanted Wilcox originally?

    • KY Celts fan

      that’s a very good point.

    • Celtics1

      That is exactly what happened. The Bullets wanted Wilcox and Danny said OK cause he knew that Wilcox could and would block it. Then Danny gave them Collins and said take it or leave it.

  • PicturePlanet

    Wilcox kind of reminds me of Method Man

    • omitasub

      haahahaha! yeah!

    • Brick James

      Moreso than Kenyon Martin?

  • Frank A

    Too many celtics fan bash Collins. There’s a lot of bigs I rather have but he was solid on Boston. He set picks and never missed a defensive rotation. Not to mention how much he communicated on the floor with his teammates.

    • Jaedre


    • Reggie35RIP

      I’m not sure what games you’ve been watching. Collins made the odd correct play, but mostly he was garbage.

      The primary reason we got him was to defend in the low post. Every now and then he’d do ok, but mostly he just resorted to hacking when beaten. And most of the time he couldn’t even do that right, giving up and1s. Didn’t do much in the way of cleaning the glass either. Won’t miss him one bit.