Long after what might have been his last — or second-to-last — practice as a member of the
Engaged in a shooting contest with
But as he headed to the locker room, Crawford blew past reporters, ignoring requests to speak to him, likely aware that the line of questioning would revolve around his diminished role and the possibility that he will be dealt by today's 3 p.m. trade deadline.
The most dreaded — and anticipated — day of the regular season has arrived, and with it teams looking to add a possible piece for a postseason run, surrender postseason hopes to begin rebuilding efforts, or simply dump undesirable contracts to avoid the stiffer penalties for exceeding the salary cap. Though the Wizards (15-37) have won 11 of their past 20 games, coach
"We're not Miami. We're not Oklahoma City, where you're pretty set. Teams like ourselves, we're always looking. We still need to continue to build and improve this team," Wittman said. "So for a team like us, we're probably looking or listening."
Two of the largest blockbuster deals have already been completed this season, with Oklahoma City trading
The Wizards have made inquiries about Smith, whose athleticism, versatility and defensive skill are a possible mesh for an uptempo team led by former No. 1 overall pick John Wall.
In each of the past three seasons, the Wizards have been among the league's most active teams at the deadline. They shipped
Kirk Hinrich and
Crawford is the most likely candidate to get moved, since the third-year reserve shooting guard doesn't appear to be in the Wizards' current or future plans with Wall back after a three-month, injury-related layoff and Beal beginning to play at a higher level.
Wittman recently benched Crawford, and he hasn't handled his latest demotion well. After not playing for the fourth consecutive game — a 96-88 loss to the
The Wizards have fielded calls from teams around the league interested in acquiring a player who provides scoring punch at a relatively low price. Crawford was the Wizards' leading scorer until last month and averaged 19.1 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds in December, but the team went 3-11 during that stretch as injuries sidelined Price and
"He's like any of our other 14 guys. He's got to stay with it. His opportunity is going to come again," Wittman said of Crawford.
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