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Latest News, NBA / Jan 15, 2014 / 1:13 pm

Report: Celtics Trade Jordan Crawford & Marshon Brooks to Warriors In 3-Team Deal With Heat

Marshon Brooks, O.J. Mayo, Jordan Crawford

Marshon Brooks, O.J. Mayo, Jordan Crawford (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

The Celtics, Warriors and Heat just closed a 3-team trade with Boston sending Marshon Brooks and Jordan Crawford to Golden State, while the Warriors send Toney Douglas to the Heat, and the Heat send Joel Anthony and a future first and second round pick to Boston, sources tell Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Woj has more on the complicated 3-team swap, specifically the draft picks Miami is sending to Boston with Joel Anthony in exchange for cap relief and Toney Douglas from the Dubs:

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 $11.5 million in salary and luxury tax with the unloading of Anthony’s contract. Anthony has appeared in just 12 games for Miami this season, averaging a little more three minutes.

Crawford has seen a bit of a revival under coach Brad Stevens in Boston, distributing the ball more than he ever had during his previous three seasons in the league with Atlanta or Washington, but most Boston fans are relieved he’s gone from the roster.

Overall, the Heat get some flexibility by unloading Anthony — who had only played in a handful of games this year with Chris Andersen getting the majority of the minutes backing up Chris Bosh. Brian Windhorst of ESPN explained how much they save with the deal:

The Warriors have been looking to shore up their backcourt, hence the addition of Crawford, even with the caveats surrounding his shot selection. New Dubs GM Bob Myers believes Crawford ideally complements the backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

The Warriors will add some money in the deal, but they won’t cross over into luxury tax territory and they didn’t lose any draft picks in the deal. Their trade exemption for dealing Brandon Rush this summer could be used to re-sign Crawford, who becomes a restricted free agent this summer, if they choose to keep him after this year is up.

Long-time basketball analyst Peter Vecsey had intimated the C’s might deal Crawford since Rajon Rondo is likely coming back this Friday, and listed the Warriors as a possible destination.

After a tremendous rookie season with New Jersey, Brooks had floundered since Deron Williams came to NJ/Brooklyn, and he was dealt to Boston as part of the deal sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn. Once in Boston, Brooks spent some time in their D-League affiliate before coming back to the team.

[Yahoo]

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  • north

    I really hope Brooks lands with a team that will use him and help him grow as a player. Last year I really enjoyed watching that kid play.

  • 2cents

    So who plays point for the Warriors when Curry is on the bench?

  • WT Walters

    Danny Ainge for GM of the year!

  • SweetdickWilly

    Mark Jackson will have to since Jordan isn’t going to pass now that he’s not under pressure to.