I caught up with Wizards coach Randy Wittman prior to shootaround this morning ahead of facing the Denver Nuggets tonight. Here’s what he had to say about trading away Jordan Crawford:
“It’s just a situation, with John [Wall] coming back, the development of Bradley [Beal], the emergence of Martell [Webster], and Trevor [Ariza] playing and giving us what he is, it was a situation from a minutes standpoint that wasn’t satisfactory for him. I felt we had a good thing going from our rhythm and playing and winning and doing things the right way and defending, that his role changed a little bit, and the minutes weren’t going to quite be the same. I think he had a hard time with that. We felt this was the best thing to do moving forward.”
Isn’t it especially disappointing how things changed given when Bradley was drafted, Crawford said and did all the right things?
“It’s always disappointing when you have to make moves. It doesn’t matter. In a perfect world, you’d like to have a perfect team, but those are things that, hey, we’re in the real world. Then you have to make decisions that are best for the team. That’s what you try to do. Is it disappointing? Yeah.”
Was it surprising how quickly Crawford went from carrying a huge offensive load to being unhappy about his role?
“There was still a situation for him to play and be a part. It wasn’t going be probably the significant minutes that he wanted.”