Trading Crawford is a step in the right direction. This team is finally developing an identity- a defense-first, make-the-extra-pass style that appears to be working. If so, double-down and get rid of any distractions. Like him or not, Crawford's ISO-happy playing style and (his apparent) refusal to buy-in to this new philosophy made him a distraction.
This team has professionals who know their roles- Wall, Beal, Nene, Okafor, Webster, Ariza. Crawford's fit the post GA-pre Wall return- throw anything against the wall and see what sticks era. Hopefully those days are behind us.
No one was giving up a first-rounder for Crawford. Not now, not ever- I repeat ever, because his low/mid efficiency, jack-it-up style may get him some points (and us a few memories), but few front offices are looking for such a player as he is not good enough to become a core part of any team (worse, they know that they will have to soon make a larger commitment to him when his contract expires- which ties them down for years to come). Finally, his cap number was too small to bring back anyone of real value in return. What was anyone honestly expecting in return for someone with this cap figure?
So the options are to deal with an unhappy player or get rid of the distraction. I'm happy they decided to cut their losses and move on- shows me that the team is more focused on the future than the past.