“He had some good moments, but the way we’re playing now is a lot different than then,” Grunfeld said. “Now we’re a defensive oriented team. The players are playing the right way and trying to execute. They’ve been supportive of one another and it just seems like it wasn’t the perfect fit for Jordan at this time.”
Crawford was asked to play numerous roles for the Wizards, flourishing in December when Wall was still sidelined and he had the freedom to score. He played despite a sore left ankle but rested for three days in January, and the team ran off its first three-game winning streak.
The Wizards were 5-3 in the past eight games that Crawford missed, and he became more expendable when Wall returned from a stress injury in his left knee. In his first 31 games, Crawford averaged 15.6 points on 41.8 percent shooting and 4.6 assists in 29.8 minutes. But Crawford appeared in just 12 of the 19 games with Wall and averaged just 6.9 points on 40.3 percent shooting and 1.2 assists in 16.9 minutes.
“He wanted a bigger role,” Grunfeld said. “It wasn’t what he really wanted in that situation and we felt like our future was going to be with John Wall, Bradley Beal. Jordan got a lot more minutes early in the season when John was out with an injury and Brad was learning.”
Crawford resisted a reserve role, but the Wizards were 1-11 in his 12 starts this season. He hadn’t played more than 24 minutes since Jan. 4, when he scored 23 points in a double-overtime loss to Brooklyn in which he committed two turnovers and missed two jumpers and two free throws in the final 75 seconds of overtime, allowing the Nets to rally from an eight-point deficit.
“The good thing and the bad thing I hear about him is his confidence,” Celtics Coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Los Angeles. “You rarely say that. It’s tough for him [there] to buy into a role because he looked at himself as, ‘I’m better than them.’ I’m hoping that we don’t have that issue here. Obviously if we do, then it will be a problem.”
Barbosa, a native of Brazil and close friend of Wizards forward Nene, won’t suit up for the team after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Feb. 11 in a loss to Charlotte. He is signed to the veteran minimum of $1.2 million but his salary is only valued at around $854,000 on the cap, so Collins was added so that the salaries would match up.
Collins wasn’t supposed to be in the original deal but two league sources said former Maryland standout Chris Wilcox refused to waive his Bird rights in order to facilitate the trade and elected to stay in Boston.
Collins, 34, is averaging 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds with the Celtics. He has career averages of 3.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 12 seasons in New Jersey, Memphis, Atlanta and Boston. He also has more fouls than points in six of his past seven seasons.