Jordan Crawford signs in China


Jordan Crawford – supposedly – was receiving interest from the Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, Nets and Mavericks.

But none of that ever turned into an NBA contract, so Crawford is jumping across the Pacific Ocean.

Crawford signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, according too Hupu (hat tip: Sportando).

It’s a hard fall for Crawford, who began last season asserting himself as a leader in Boston. Two dozen games into the season, he was averaging 14.2 points and 5.5 assists per game. Celtics fans dreamed of trading him for a first-round pick.

Boston dealt him to the Warriors for what will likely become three second rounders, though accepting Joel Anthony’s burdensome contract also played a part in the Celtics’ bounty. Golden State was unsatisfied with Crawford as its back up point guard, later trading for Steve Blake to fill the role.

If Crawford plays well in China, where the season ends before the NBA’s, he’ll have a chance to join the NBA this season. The onus is on him to repair his stock.