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Report: Celtics close to dealing Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford, who has had somewhat of a career resurgence with the Celtics [1] this season after being moved to point guard, might soon have to make a fresh start. According to a tweet [2] from veteran NBA reporter Peter Vescey, the Celtics [3] are close to moving Crawford, with the Nets [4], Clippers, Sun, Rockets and Warriors showing interest. (The league told the Celtics they can’t deal directly with the Clippers for one year following the Doc Rivers [5] deal, but there is speculation that they might be able to work around it, perhaps with the inclusion of a third team.)

With Rajon Rondo [6] expected back for Friday’s game against the Lakers, Crawford became obvious trade bait.

Crawford, 25, is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists per game.

Benched by the Wizards midway through the 2012-13 season and then acquired by the Celtics, Crawford got an opportunity to start under new coach Brad Stevens [7] this season, following the offseason roster overhaul and with the absence of Rondo.

Crawford turned some heads with his early season play, and he peaked in early December, when he averaged 23.3 points and 6.7 assists in a 3-0 week that earned him Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors. However, his shooting percentages have substantially declined and his turnovers have increased since that time.