January 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford (15) stands on the court against the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics, Mavericks Fighting Over Jordan Crawford Trade With Wizards

The Boston Celtics are prepared to trade Fab Melo in exchange for Jordan Crawford, per reports.

The Washington Wizards have emerged on the trade rumor circuit and are currently in discussions with the Boston Celtics to take rookie center Fab Melo off their hands in exchange for guard Jordan Crawford. Yahoo! Sports guru Adrian Wojnarowski reported that league sources have told him the Celtics are eyeing Crawford and the Wizards may be willing to give him up if they can get Melo in return.

The Celtics were rumored to be shopping Melo in order to get a guard that can help with their perimeter scoring and the Wizards know they have a player that might draw some interest in Crawford. But while the Celtics are currently leading the pack when it comes to acquiring Crawford, the trade talks are expected to come down to the wire as the Dallas Mavericks are also in the hunt to land Crawford before the deadline.

Right now the Celtics by far have the best deal on the table as despite his lack of minutes in Boston, Melo possesses real talent for the future and would be a great piece off the bench in Washington. Crawford is an instant upgrade for the Celtics in the scoring department and would help give depth to a roster that has been riddled with various injuries.

But the Wizards know they have a coveted trade chip and they’re “waiting this one out” according to Ken Berger from CBS Sports. It’s a wise move to see what the maximum offer will be for Crawford but right now it’s looking like Boston is going to end up making a trade after all and the Wizards are going to continue to stockpile young talent in the hopes that it somehow all works out.

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