The Golden State Warriors were reportedly on the market looking for depth in their backcourt, and they have completed a trade that will strengthen their bench in a big way with a three-team deal involving the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.
As NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski first reported, the Celtics agreed to part ways with guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks in exchange for Joel Anthony and two picks – a first-rounder and a second-rounder – while former Bucs’ guard Toney Douglas will join the current NBA champions.
The Warriors could easily be considered the clear winners of this trade as they add depth for the two guard positions – Crawford can play at the point and Brooks is a scoring SG – while also adding a strong scoring punch for a second unit that already features promising players like Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli. A strong bench is key to succeed in the Western Conference, and there’s no doubt that the addition of these two players fits perfectly with what the Warriors are trying to do.
As for the Celtics, Joel Anthony gives them depth as a big man who can defend, but the biggest asset they received are the draft picks. Since their focus is to speed up their rebuilding process, offloading these two players could give them even more salary cap room to play with next season. Adding two more draft picks will give them multiple selections in the next year’s draft as they are stockpiling assets to build around young players.
Toney Douglas will likely be used as the third point-guard for the Heat behind Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers, and he doesn’t figure to have a huge role with a team that already appears to have their backcourt rotation set a long time ago.
This move clearly won’t be last made as the trade season starts to heat up, but as of now, the team that will benefit the most in the short-term is the Warriors. The presence of both Brooks and Crawford will increase their shooting power, and they will look to continue making noise in the Western Conference with this move.