In an interview with Casey Phillips of Monumental Network, Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld reiterated that the Wizards had simply decided to move on from Jordan Crawford and preferred to deal him elsewhere as soon as they could.
"Jordan is not in our plans, current plans for the present or the future," Grunfeld said. "The team over the last 20 games has really started to come together. Our defense has been one of the top defenses in the league over that span. Our chemistry has been top-notch, and we wanted to make sure we could continue on that path."
Grunfeld reiterated the same stance with reporters in a news conference and hinted at Crawford's frustrations with his current status on the team.
Ernie Grunfeld on Jordan Crawford: "Jordan did not fit into our current plans...or our future plans." #wizards— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 22, 2013
#Wizards Grunfeld says Crawford wanted a bigger role and wasn't happy with his current role— Sky Kerstein (@SkyKerstein) February 22, 2013
Ernie Grunfeld on Crawford: "He hasn’t been the happiest person, but he’s a good player & we wish him luck in his new situation." #wizards— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 22, 2013
Clearly, there was some dysfunction taking place behind the scenes that became too much to overcome. However, it does feel like the Wizards should have been more proactive in anticipating a potential attitude problem with Crawford when his role was inevitably going to be reduced.