The Boston Celtics agreed to three-team trade on Wednesday that sent Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors, with Toney Douglas heading to the Miami Heat and Joel Anthony and draft picks heading back to Boston, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
There were talks early Wednesday morning of Crawford potentially being dealt, largely due to Rajon Rondo’s likely return on Friday. For the Celtics, this move helps them acquire draft picks which is part of their future rebuilding plans. For the Heat, getting rid of Anthony’s salary helps give them more flexibility this summer in trying to re-sign the Big Three this summer.
However, there’s no doubt that the Warriors came out on top in this trade. When I wrote on the Crawford trade rumors earlier today, Golden State was one of the teams that were reportedly interested and I surmised that they would be the best fit for the guard who’s had arguably the best season of his career.
Reiterating what I said earlier, Crawford now gives them a dynamic bench player that can come in and give this team a spark. While they have players on the wings like Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green that can come in and make plays, they’ve been missing someone in the backcourt behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson that can come in and affect games a la Jarrett Jack from last season.
Crawford’s decision-making has been problematic throughout his career, but it also seems as if the guard has turned a corner this season, at least under the tutelage of Brad Stevens. However, Crawford’s nature as a wildcard is more or less what the Warriors need. Sure, Crawford may cause some headaches in Golden State at times, but they could also use a player who can come in and win games from time to time off of the bench.
It might take some time for Crawford to fully gel and I can’t imagine him seeing the same workload that Jack did last season. However, this move has a lot of upside and addresses a real need for a team that could potentially make a long run in the postseason.