Javaris Crittenton not appealing suspensionPosted by Inside Hoops
Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton has elected not to appeal the season-long suspension he received from NBA commissioner David Stern.
Gilbert Arenas and Crittenton both received suspensions without pay for the rest of the regular season last Wednesday in the wake of the December gun incident in the Wizards’ locker room that rocked the entire league.
Both players admitted bringing a gun into the locker room after a dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight, violating a provision added to the collective bargaining agreement in 2005.
Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com reports:
There is no NBA rule prohibiting a team from trading a suspended player, meaning the Wizards could throw in Crittenton’s expiring $1.48 million contract to make the salaries match in a trade involving any of their other players.
The acquiring team would then presumably waive Crittenton, and he would be free to ply his trade in Europe or elsewhere overseas after he cleared waivers. (Unlike drug suspensions, a conduct suspension cannot be used as grounds to prevent a player from getting the official letter of clearance needed to play in a FIBA sanctioned league.)