Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 3/4/13
When reports came out that the Celtics nearly traded Chris Wilcox to the Wizards instead of Jason Collins, many Celtics fans were surprised. We had seen what Wilcox was capable of when he was healthy, and his ability to run the floor, and rebound at a solid rate were things that Collins could never do. But the Celtics felt differently obviously, and nearly shipped Wilcox (with the injured Leandro Barbosa) to Washington for Jordan Crawford, before Wilcox rejected the deal by refusing to waive his early-bird rights. Following the deal, Wilcox was left as the only serviceable big man off the bench for the C's, and the Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes wrote about how Wilcox has responded to a very pointed message by Celtics coach Doc Rivers. From the article (link). Wilcox wanted to know what role he’d be playing now that he was the only backup center on the Celtics roster, as Jason Collins had just been traded to Washington in a deal for guard Jordan Crawford. The coach gave Wilcox a st...
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