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Report: Warriors add Jordan Crawford for guard depth in three-team trade with Celtics, Heat

Jan 15, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

Boston Celtics Jordan Crawford goes up for the jump shot in front of Toronto Raptors John Lucas III in Toronto Reuters

Golden State has been looking to add depth behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson all season — the offense has been down just slightly this season, and Warriors missed the spark Jarrett Jack brought off the bench last season (not to mention wanting to get Curry some reduced minutes in the second half of the season, he’s played more minutes than any starting PG in the league). Toney Douglas has not been that guy (shocking, I know).

The Warriors may think they’ve found it in a trade with Golden State — Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks are coming to Golden State in a three team trade that involves Toney Douglas going to Miami and Joel Anthony going to Boston, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Warriors will send guard Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat, and Miami sends center Joel Anthony and a future first-round pick and second-round pick to the Celtics, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Miami will send a first-round pick it owns from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Celtics, but that pick becomes two second-round picks should the Sixers miss the playoffs in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The Heat will save nearly $10 million in salary and luxury tax with the unloading of Anthony’s contract.

To clarify, the Heat will save $7.7 million in salary and taxes this season plus the $3.8 million Anthony makes next season. And that first round pick headed to Boston likely isn’t a first round pick — it’s from Philadelphia in a prior deal and is lottery protected the next two seasons. So unless the Sixers make the playoffs this season or next (not likely, not impossible), that pick becomes a second rounder in the third year.

It was Golden State who pushed this trade and in the short term appears to have gotten what they wanted… that or it sets up another deal down the line. Either way, with all the injured point guards around the league demand for Crawford’s services was likely to go up, so the Warriors were smart to move fast.

Crawford is having his best season as a pro, averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists a game while starting 35 games for the Celtics (who are getting Rajon Rondo back and don’t need Crawford as much). He assist percentage was up to 31 percent (he assisted on 31 percent of teammates field goals while on the court) while he reduced his turnovers. That said he is shooting just 41.4 percent overall and 31.8 percent from three.

Those are better numbers than Douglas (3.7 points a game on 37.2 percent shooting) because Crawford is a better player (he’s an average to slightly above average NBA guard, although he’s not much of a defender). This is an upgrade for Golden State — and since these are guys on rookie contracts Golden State did it without having to pay the tax

That said, through Crawford’s career he does well when asked to step into a larger role (starting for Boston, for example) but has struggled to stay focused when asked to take a smaller one. And he’ll have a smaller one in Golden State. Plus, Crawford has some history of being a disruptive locker room force (remember the feud with Carmelo Anthony?). This is a great situation and opportunity for Crawford, but his fit is something to watch.

For Boston… Tankapalooza 2014 is in full effect. They get a big body in Joel Anthony who can block shots but basically they are paying him this season and next ($3.8 million next season) for the three picks they get in this deal.

Miami has wanted to dump Joel Anthony for a while, sacrificing second round picks was the cost to save that money.

  1. legend30 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    PAT RILEY IS A BOSS!!! Sorry for the caps, what a great trade for the Heat.

    • bucrightoff - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Great? Uhh no. Nice to clear Anthony, but anytime you have to trade pick in order to trade a guy, thats not a great deal. And the East is so pathetic Philly can definitely make the playoffs next year, meaning they could trade Anthony and a first round pick for a guy who fits in as their third PG. If thats what you think qualifies as great, then the Rudy Gay trade has to qualify as a historical accomplishment.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      The only person this really benefits from the Heat’s point of view is Mickey Arison. I guess that makes it a win for Miami though.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        Miami might yet benefit from this trade. Dumping a never-used center from the roster and salary cap gives the Heat the option of pursuing Andrew Bynum. Even if he turned out to be a bad pickup he can’t be any worse than Joel Anthony was for the Heat. Unless he affects team morale somehow… anyway, my point is I think the Heat made this move to get in position for a future move.

      • chasycabym - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        I dont know, but this seems to me like the Heat’s front office is making the necessary move to sign Bynum; a definite upgrage over Joel Anthony. And, if they do indeed sign him, not only will the Heat be better armed against Hibbert, they will actually have some depth, and be able to throw Hibbert different looks, with Oden coming off the bench… All for potentially less money than what Joel Anthony is getting paid. “PAT RILEY IS A BOSS,” indeed.

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        asimonetti88 actually it benefits the team as well. with Dwyane not playing in all of the gives us more guard depth on the days he does not play…I loved Joel, but he was rotting on the end of the least he will get to play now

      • antistratfordian - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Remember this report from early December: Report: Heat shopping Joel Anthony, seeking depth behind Wade

        Comments were something to this effect: “…who in their right mind is going to trade for a guy who is a fringe NBA player with almost 4 million promised to him NEXT year? Anthony had a nice career but it’s over.”

        That comment had 29 thumbs up, 4 thumbs down.

        And: “Yeah, whos gonna trade anyone of value for Joel?”

        19 up, 4 down.

        And: “Who the heck IN THEIR RIGHT MIND wants Joel Anthony? He is what I tend to call “non-tradeable” due to having zero value.”

        9 up, 0 down.

        Basically, Riley has been trying to unload Anthony for a while and many thought he wouldn’t be able to find anyone to take him. But, lo and behold, they dump Anthony and pick up a guard – exactly what they’ve been trying to do.

        …don’t even have to mention anything about Andrew Bynum for this to be a “win” for Miami.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        “Unless he affects team morale somehow…”

        Good thing Bynum has never done that before.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        “with Dwyane not playing in all of the games”

        Well, good thing they have Toney Douglas to seamlessly traverse the games without Wade.

    • j0esixpack - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      The Warriors don’t do that badly in this trade picking up Crawford either.

      As far as the Celts, it doesn’t hurt in the tanking process, though obviously his loss doesn’t offset the “plus” of Rondo coming back and adding some wins

      While there’s no way Philly is making the playoffs this season, as we saw early this season, the Eastern Conference isn’t exactly a powerhouse – and a mediocre 76ers team could conceivably make the playoffs next year

      But my assumption is that this conditional 1st round pick for the Celtics will be packaged and traded long before that – and/or the two 2nd round picks would be worth nearly as much in trade as a non-protected 1st rounder anyways (it’s really a crap shoot at 15 on down anyways – you’re almost better taking 2 second rounders than one guy in the late teens to 20s)

      Seems to me Ainge isn’t necessarily planning on using all the draft picks he’s acquired in rebuilding – but they’re all good ammunition to move up in upcoming drafts, or in acquiring players via trade for future seasons.

    • ghelton03 - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      I pity anyone who is going to the C’s.

  2. phillysports1 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    What does philly have to do with this ?

    • miamiheatdynasty - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Miami had a protected first round pick in the Arnett Moultrie deal from Philly. If Philly misses the playoffs this season and next, it turns into two second rounders.

  3. miamiheatdynasty - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Gonna miss you Joel!!!! Went from a Heatle to Celtic Pride lol…..

    • legend30 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      I’m sure his teammates are going to miss him, but Joel got two rings while sitting on the bench and is getting $4 million this year and next year. I think he’ll be fine moving forward.

      • zerole00 - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Iunno man, I think Joel may need some therapy over this trade. Personally, I think it’ll be fine if he just sleeps on his pile of money.

  4. adzs93 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Tankapalooza 2014; must say that gave me a giggle; one of those trades that looks beneficial for all the teams involved going forward

  5. azarkhan - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    The $10 Million Dollar Man Joel Anthony has played in 12 games and averaged 3 minutes per game. Nice work if you can get it.

  6. flyrocket31 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    sooo the Warriors only give up Toney Douglas and get Jordan Crawford and Marshon Brooks? wow

  7. thekingdave - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Why are you so quick to dismiss the Sixers as a playoff possibility in a putrid Eastern Conference? They’ll have their own high lottery pick this year, plus New Orleans 1st and will have Nerlens Noel next season.

    • moseskkim - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      he said its not likely.. not impossible. thats pretty reasonable. just because the east is putrid doesnt mean team A makes the playoffs. their records are bad but all their records are bad so its still not likely that they make it. plus its next year where teams like chicago and to a lesser extent ny/brooklyn, and playoff hungry cle/washington could improve. chicago, ny, brooklyn i say because they are historically playoff teams so i dont bet against them.

      • zerole00 - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Ah the East, where the comparison isn’t how good a team is but how bad it is compared to others.

  8. nycalldayz - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Danny Ainge continues to load up on draft picks. Ainge is a crook and I mean that in a complimentary way. He stole Garnett from the Timberwolves. Traded for Ray Allen. Traded Glen Davis for Brandon Bass. Traded an injured Barbosa/Jason Collins to the Wizards for picks/J.Crawford. Traded an aging KG/Pierce/Terry to BK for three first round picks. Now this trade. LOL

    I think this trade benefits all parties involved. Joel Anthony from Heat to the Celtics? The NBA is truly a business.

  9. money2long - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    i wonder if mark jackson is the kinda coach to give marshon a chance. i like this deal for GS. crawford can back up both guard spots.

    • obmig - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Brooks has potential and I think Jackson is going to give him an opportunity.

      • ghelton03 - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        C’s suck and they didn’t give Marshon a chance.

  10. airjunior23 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM


  11. raiderdan69 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I fail to see bostons logic….they are giving up jordan crawford and 10 million dollars in salary to joel Anthony for what? probably 3 second round picks. Those are some expensive picks

  12. ProBasketballPundit - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    I watched the Warriors a lot last season and I really don’t think they miss Jarret Jack that much. Okay, they miss having another solid ball handling guy, but they don’t miss the ball movement black hole that was Jack. Strange that they replaced Jack with another black hole type player; although Jordan Crawford really seems to be making good decisions on the court lately.

  13. phillysports1 - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:17 PM


    Okay sounds good thanks .

  14. mornelithe - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    “For Boston… Tankapalooza 2014 is in full effect.”

    Not really, Crawford and Brooks fit Golden States scheme better than they do in the C’s system, and Joel Anthony is a bigger, defensive minded center which would either be a decent asset moving forward (in a system that’s usually defensively minded), or a decent trade piece for the off-season.

    I guess it depends on your definition of tanking. The C’s don’t exactly have a roster of people you’d think could compete (remember, the East is a pretty abysmal division this year, put the C’s in any other division, and their record would be even worse), and they haven’t all season.

    For me, it’s clearly a rebuilding year, and until we see what Ainge & Co. are going to do with all their stockpiled picks (and Rondo), we won’t really know what the plan is.

  15. knoxxlive - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    phillysports1 already said and guess my team lost out again smh

  16. coachjac30 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Good trade for all teams involved. Keep blowing it up Danny!

  17. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Hats off to Joel Anthony. From undrafted on a 15 win team to 2 time world champion multi-millionaire. Heat-Nation will always have a soft spot for The Warden.

    If I’m not mistaken, his last on court moment was being picked by Brian Shaw to shoot FTs for Norris Cole after Cole got hurt. Joel came in colder than cold, knocked em both down, and got a huge hug from LeBron on his way back to the bench.

    Love that guy

    • ghelton03 - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      I pity anyone who is going to the C’s.

  18. jtbsteeler - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    The Celtics are tanking for picks.

  19. benjaminmoney - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Bob Myers the new Pat Riley! Go Dubs!

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      Pat Riley is still Pat Riley though! lol

  20. coachjac30 - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Now i’d like to see the Celtics give Pressey more run. He’s got JJ Barea potential, he just needs to play freely. Play Pressey 25 -30 minutes a night and you accomplish two things, develop him more, and improve your draft position

  21. 00maltliquor - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Am I the only who thinks the Warriors made out like bandits in this? It also feels like BOS got robbed, for what will most surely be two 2nd rounders? MIA did good, something else is lurking for them soon, I can smell Pats 3 Flowers hair grease a mile away.

    • coachjac30 - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      On the surface it does look best for the Warriors, however, I think that the Celtics and Heat have something else up their sleeves. Danny Ainge has a pretty good track record when it comes to 2nd round picks, if he just ends up using them.

    • ghelton03 - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Don’t gloat. Just took advantage of Ainge. Anyone can do that.

  22. Kansachusetts - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Well, I’m going to miss Jordan “Steez” Crawford. He grew a lot in his short time with the Celtics and he showed much more talent than people had given him credit for.

    Steez is an exciting player to watch, partly because of his herky-jerky moves, partly because he gets personally offended when someone scores on him, and partly because he wasn’t selfish. He found ways to get the ball to guys. He could score in the paint. He always worked hard.

    I wish him nothing but the best.

  23. ghelton03 - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Ainge continuing to do a stellar job (lmao). In just 3 or 4 more years, C’s should have a half-way decent college team. Ainge banking everything on low 1st round and second round draft picks. Good luck with that.

    • coachjac30 - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      I hear ya, he should have kept Crawford and Brooks, that is what a real championship contender needs.

      And he doesn’t have a proven history of being able to build a championship team, oh wait, he did didn’t he? If you really think he is going actually use these all these picks and keep the players you don’t understand the NBA.

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