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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Sources: C's acquire Crawford

By Chris Forsberg

LOS ANGELES -- The Boston Celtics acquired third-year guard Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Jason Collins and Leandro Barbosa on Thursday, according to sources.

Barbosa is out the remainder of the 2012-13 season after tearing his ACL earlier this month. Crawford is expected to fill Barbosa’s void on Boston's bench after falling out of favor in Washington. Collins, a veteran center on a minimum deal, was a late addition in order to make the deal work under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

The 24-year-old Crawford, the 27th pick in the 2010 draft, has averaged 13.4 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds over 26.2 minutes per game for his career. This season he’s at 13.2 points, 3.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds over 26.2 minutes per contest, starting 12 of Washington’s 43 games. Since the return of John Wall, Crawford has seen his playing time decrease.

Barbosa saw increased playing time after Rajon Rondo tore his ACL in late January, only to sustain the same season-ending injury less than three weeks later. Barbosa is waiting for an MCL sprain to heal before undergoing surgery to repair the ACL injury.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge had previously expressed an interest in bringing Barbosa back next season.

Initial reports suggested the Celtics and Wizards were discussing a deal centered on swapping Crawford for rookie Fab Melo, but that never materialized. The Celtics view Melo as a long-term project. He’s spent much of the season in the D-League, but is traveling with Boston now while providing emergency depth for an injury-depleted roster.

Collins is a bit of a surprise addition, especially given how thin Boston is up front. He had served as the first big off the bench, often spelling Kevin Garnett early, but that role will now likely fall to Chris Wilcox, while the Celtics will seemingly search the buyout scrapheap for a serviceable big man.