Celtics trade Crawford, Brooks to Warriors

Celtics trade Crawford, Brooks to Warriors
January 15, 2014, 12:00 pm
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BOSTON — The reshaping of the Celtics roster continues with a three-team deal that ships out Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to Golden State and brings in Joel Anthony from the Miami Heat.

The deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

In addition to Anthony, the Celtics will also receive a future first-round pick and second round pick from the Heat. Meanwhile Miami will receive Toney Douglas from the Warriors.

By making this deal, the Heat will save more than $11 million in salary and luxury tax payments by unloading Anthony's contract which has $3.8 million left following this season.

For Boston, this deal is very different than the one they made earlier this month which sent Courtney Lee to Memphis in exchange for Jerryd Bayless.

That deal was made in part because of the financial benefits it would bring the Celtics. Lee has two years remaining on his contract worth about $11 million. Bayless will be a free agent this summer.

Wednesday's trade was about acquiring more assets. The draft picks are likely to be used as part of a future deal or deals, and acquiring Anthony is the same as acquiring an asset as well.

It's too soon to say how much -- if at all -- Anthony will play for Boston this season. But the idea that the Celtics may look to move him this summer makes sense, and there will surely be a market for him when you consider this summer he'll be heading into the final year of his contract.

By moving both Crawford and Brooks to a team like Golden State, both are in systems that better play to their strengths than the one they were in here in Boston.

The Warriors are a get-up-and-go kind of team, frequently among the league's leaders in points scored per game. To add a pair of shot creators like Brooks and Crawford gives them the kind of added firepower that will keep them among the title contenders out West.