By DANNY JAILLET
BOSTON-– According to a report from CBSBoston.com, the Celtics appear ready to make some moves before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. Earlier this morning, ESPN’s Chris Broussard tweeted that Boston was interested in Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford. In addition, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that rookie Fab Melo would be made available by the Celtics.
“With Fab Melo as the bait, Celtics looking to add perimeter scoring. Wizards’ Jordan Crawford available @ on their radar.”
Crawford played one season at Indiana appearing in 30 games, starting eight of them. He averaged 9.7 points per game to go along with 2.3 assists per game and 3.4 rebounds per game. The Detroit, Michigan native transferred to Xavier in 2008, but did not play for the Musketeers until the 2009-10 season as he had to sit out a year in accordance with NCAA rules.
In his first full season (2009-10), he averaged 20.5 points per game to go along with 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per game in 25 overall contests, 24 in which he started. That year, Xavier went to the Sweet 16 where they lost to the Kansas State Wildcats in the West Regional Semifinal.
Crawford has played three seasons in the NBA after being drafted as the 27th overall pick by the New Jersey Nets in the 2010 NBA Draft. During his three seasons, he has averaged 13.2 points per game. This season, he has performed admirably well, shooting 43-percent in 43 games, 12 of those in the starting role.
If Boston were to acquire Crawford this would give them depth at the guard position. He would also fit well within Boston’s system as their style of play affords them many opportunities at the three-point shot. It should be interesting to see what additional players the Celtics might pursue as time ticks away.