On Wednesday, the Boston Celtics traded Jordan Crawford to the Golden State Warriors as part of a three-team trade that also included the Miami Heat. Rajon Rondo is set to return on Friday, but this move leaves the Celtics without much depth and makes very little sense.
As part of the three-way trade, Boston receives a protected first-round pick from the Philadelphia 76ers and a future second-round pick from the Heat. In the long run this trade might pay off, but their success is not guaranteed. With Crawford’s departure, Boston has very little depth behind Rondo. In Rondo’s absence, Crawford has been calling the shots, earned a Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors and averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds. Simply put, Crawford was the team’s offensive leader.
With Rondo’s expected Friday return, he will definitely be the starter. However, should he injure himself again or need a rest, Boston can’t put in Crawford intermittently. This inability will doom Boston and show the team and the fans just how foolish this trade is. At some point Rondo will need to take a rest, and during his breaks Boston will not be able to sub in a viable offensive threat.
As a result Boston will keep on losing this season, and any chance to make the playoffs is gone. While many NBA fans thought the 76ers were going to tank this season, it seems like the Celtics might do just that.
Overall, the Celtics made a stupid deal that leaves them without depth at the point guard position.
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