We know that Jordan Crawford likes to take shots but he also showed in the Dallas loss that he can dish it, too. The third-year veteran scored 21 points and had a season high 7 assists, helping spur a comeback that ultimately fell short, a 107-101 road defeat at the hands of the Mavericks Wednesday night.
Crawford, who has played mostly shooting guard in his career, was pressed into action to play point after starter A.J. Price sprained his ankle early in the third quarter. Crawford tallied four assists in the furious fourth quarter as he helped the Wizards claw back from 22 points down to get within three points twice in the waning moments of the game.
"We played him at the 1 and the 2 and I thought he did a nice job,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said about Crawford's play.
Two years ago in his rookie season with the Wizards, the 6'-4" Crawford was used much more as a ball handler and creator with then-coach Flip Saunders. Wittman, though, has almost exclusively used Crawford as an energy shooter off the bench but that could change now with Price hobbled and John Wall still out with a knee injury.
Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season.
One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday.
NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.
Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance.
The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years.
Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year.
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The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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