The NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday, and the Celtics didn’t “blow it up” like many had thought — or hoped — they would.
Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak on Friday, and said there really weren’t many “blockbuster” trades in the works on Thursday. The Celtics and Clippers were discussing a trade for Kevin Garnett, but it never got to the point where they Celtics had to ask Garnett to waive his no-trade clause.
“I think if the Clippers pushed harder, the KG deal would have had a better chance of happening,” said Spears. “But the Celtics weren’t going up to KG without the Clippers being all the way in the pool. And the Clippers never fully amerced themselves in ‘we want KG.’”
The Celtics did make a small move, acquiring guard Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards for injured guard Leandro Barbosa’s expiring contract and 34-year-old center Jason Collins. In Crawford, the Celtics get a solid scorer, but a player that needs to improve his overall game.
“I do like this team a lot better with Jordan Crawford. I wish Rondo was healthy to play with him, but hes the scorer this team needs,” said Spears. “He’s a guy that helps Paul (Pierce) and KG out because he can carry a lot of the load scoring-wise, and be eager to do it. He can be the guy running around all those screens the way Ray (Allen) used to.”
“I think they’ll really grow to like Jordan Crawford, especially with the guidance of Doc,” he said. “He’ll slow him down a little bit and make him more of an all-around ball player and less And-1.”