Sources: Javaris Crittenton Signs With NBA D-League
During his rookie season, Crittenton was one of the centerpieces of one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history when the Memphis Grizzlies acquired him -- and a couple of other pieces, one turning out to be Marc Gasol -- for Pau Gasol. Last season, he pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a firerarm following his infamous locker room confrontation with Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas.
After being suspended for the rest of 2009-10, he failed to make good on a training camp invitation with the Charlotte Bobcats this fall. He briefly played for a professional team in China but was released on Christmas Eve, despite averaging 25.8 points per game.
But despite the rocky start to his career, sources close to the situation have confirmed to FanHouse that Crittenton will attempt to get his NBA career back on track after recently signing a contract to play in the NBA D-League. The 6-foot-5 guard won't clear waivers until Thursday, only then learning where he'll be playing the rest of this season.
An elite athlete with great size, Crittenton was once considered the nation's best point guard of his high school class, but following a single season at Georgia Tech, that's never translated into tangible NBA success. In 113 career games with the Lakers, Grizzlies and Wizards, Crittenton has averaged 5.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16.4 minutes per game. Even before his suspension, he sat out all of last season following surgery on his left ankle to remove a bone spur.
To get another chance at the NBA, Crittenton will need to show during his time in the D-League that he can stay out of trouble off the court while being as productive as possible in a team setting on the court. It doesn't help that his stint in China ended on a sore note, according to Zhejiang Guangsha's general manager, Ye Xiangyu.
"Yes, we're changing Crittenton," Ye said according to Chinese basketball website NiuBBall. "His individual offense is fine, but he's not doing a good job organizing the team offense. Also, his defense is bad and his shooting is off."
If the Dakota Wizards -- the top team currently on the waiver wire -- claim Crittenton as expected, he'll once again be affiliated with two of his former teams, as Dakota's NBA affiliates are the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies.