January 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford (15) stands on the court against the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics on Paper: Celtics deal Barbosa to Wizards for Crawford

Perhaps a warm body was all the Celtics were after…

For all of the rumored moves involving the supposedly needy Celtics, the move that was finally transacted inspires less relief and more questions.

About an hour before the NBA’s trade deadline, the Celtics sent the contract of injured guard Leandro Barbosa to the bottom feeding Washington Wizards in exchange for shooting guard Jordan Crawford, who was averaging 13 points per game along with four assists.

Far from the blockbuster that would have reorganized the Celtics on the floor, one has to wonder just what the disgruntled Crawford brings to the Celtics that they didn’t already have.

A scouting report from Memphis Grizzlies vice president of  basketball operations John Hollinger raises the question, “Why?”

Shoot-happy guard who takes terrible shots. Capable passer when mood strikes.

Very quick and has a good handle. Can finish, but poor long-range shooter.

Abysmal defender. Undersized for 2. Must add strength and dial up effort.

There must be more to this story than first meets the eye…and perhaps there’s more deals in the works – Chowder and Champions will be on top of any other moves as soon as the news breaks.

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