The Boston Celtics have traded guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors as part of a three-team trade also involving the Miami Heat.
The Warriors released a statement on the trade:
The Golden State Warriors have acquired guard Jordan Crawford and guard/forward MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade, it was announced today. As part of the deal, the Warriors sent guard Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat, who in turn sent center Joel Anthony and draft considerations to Boston.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports provides details on the picks involved:
From Miami, Boston will also receive Philadelphia's projected future first-round pick and a future second round pick, league source tells Y— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 15, 2014
Brian Windhorst of ESPN confirmed the trade and noted that the move will save the Heat around $10 million:
Can confirm Heat have traded Joel Anthony and 2 future draft picks for Toney Douglas in three-team trade. Move likely saves Heat 10M+— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 15, 2014
The Warriors receive some much-needed depth at the guard positions as a result of the move. They were lacking in that area behind starters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Crawford, who is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists this season, should provide some scoring punch as one of the first players off Golden State's bench, while Brooks will likely play a deeper rotational role.
Boston is able to acquire a second-round pick and a potential first-round selection as it continues to look toward the future. Zach Lowe of Grantland notes the Celtics are basically taking on Anthony to stockpile picks:
Boston is effectively paying Joel Anthony's salary next season ($3.8M) for 3 second-round picks, outside chance at one 1st/one 2nd.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) January 15, 2014
The Heat rid themselves of Anthony's contract and add another point guard to the mix in Douglas to go back up Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole.
Which team wins the deal?
Golden State wins the trade in the short term, filling a major void with a playoff run on the horizon. The Warriors needed another offensive threat off the bench, and Crawford is just that. The combo guard should also alleviate the wear and tear on Thompson and Curry, who both rank in the NBA's top 10 in minutes per game, down the stretch.
The Celtics have to hope the 76ers are able to dig themselves out of the lottery one of the next two seasons so they get a first-round pick. Otherwise, they will wind up with only second-rounders out of the deal, as Lowe pointed out.
All told, it's a convoluted agreement, but each team gets something it wanted out of it.