The Wizards don't figure to invest lots in another guards seeing as John Wall, Bradley Beal and Andre Miller are under contract for next season. Keep Glen Rice Jr. makes four and the possible if not likely return of Garrett Temple equals five. Yet there is no obvious backup for Beal, certainly not as a proven scorer.
Martell Webster served in that role last season, but he's out 3-5 months after undergoing back surgery in late June.
Free agent: G Jordan Crawford, Golden State Warriors. Unrestricted.
2013-14 salary: $2.2 million
Vitals: 6'4", 195 pounds. 25 years old.
Career averages: 12.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 40.5% FG, 82.8% FT. Last season (with Celtics & Warriors):11.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 40.5% FG, 82.8% FT.
The fit: We'll get to the back-story in a second. One area the Wizards were deficient in last season involved scoring off the bench. Not just points, but an instant-offense type player who could carry a team for a stretch, if not a half or a game. The last player who did that Washington was...yep, Crawford until the Wizards dealt him to the Celtics at the 2013 trading deadline. The fourth-year guard had some spectacular moments last season; with the Celtics he receive Eastern Conference Player of the Week and he closed the regular season in Golden State with a career-high 41 points. Yet the Warriors lost faith in him as a facilitator and acquired Steve Blake, relegating Crawford to less than 10 minutes per game in the playoffs. He shot his usual 31 percent on 3-point attempts and offset any highs with some maddening lows. Golden State announced late Monday it would not pick up Crawford's option, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Once considered a key part of the franchise's rebuilding efforts, Crawford's relationship with the Wizards soured and didn't end on the best of terms. He lost his starting role to Beal, his minute's altogether and arguably his cool on Twitter. Shot selection and defense are not his strengths and Wizards coach Randy Wittman doesn't have patience for such deficiencies. Yet Washington needs a bench scorer, especially with Webster possibly out early in the season. There isn't an obvious backup for Beal, Crawford's price should be reasonable and a one-year deal has merit for both sides. If the two sides can hug it out, maybe a return is possible. All kinds of iffy, no doubt, but time heals all wounds, so they say. Besides, Crawford doesn't even remember playing for the Wizards.
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