Warriors Acquire Crawford In Swap With C’s, Heat

January 16 2014 at 10:12am CDT By Chuck Myron

THURSDAY, 10:12am: The Heat is the team sending cash to the Celtics, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, who notes that the amount is $1MM.

WEDNESDAY, 3:17pm: The Warriors and Celtics have hooked up on a three-team trade with the Heat that sends Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the W’s, as the teams confirmed via press release. The Warriors send Toney Douglas to Miami, which deals Joel Anthony, a first-round pick, and its 2016 second-round pick to the Celtics. Boston also receives cash in the deal, though it’s not immediately clear from whom.NBA: Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers

The Warriors have been looking for an upgrade behind point guard Stephen Curry, and it appears they envision putting Crawford in that role. The 25-year-old has performed well in stretches as he’s manned the point for Boston in the absence of Rajon Rondo, but with Rondo set to return, it appears the Celtics found him expendable. Veteran NBA reporter Peter Vecsey tweeted overnight that Boston was close to dealing Crawford, and listed the Warriors as one of the teams with interest.

The Heat likely save $7.7MM in salary and tax penalties for this season in unloading Joel Anthony‘s deal, notes Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com (on Twitter), with Anthony slated to make $3.8MM this season. His contract also includes a player option for the same amount next season. The first-round pick they’re sending the the Celtics is the Sixers’ lottery protected first-rounder this year, but if Philadelphia doesn’t make the playoffs this season or next, the Celtics get the Sixers 2015 and 2016 second-round picks instead, as Wojnarowski points out (Twitter link). Miami had been looking to bolster its backcourt last month when Windhorst reported that they were shopping Anthony.

The Warriors add money in the deal, but they avoid the luxury tax and don’t have to relinquish a first-round pick or one of their core pieces, as Zach Lowe of Grantland speculated yesterday that they might have to do. Crawford doesn’t carry the cachet of other guards the Warriors have pursued, like Kyle Lowry, Andre Miller and Kirk Hinrich, but he comes relatively cheaply. He’ll be a restricted free agent at season’s end. The Warriors will likely use part of the $4MM trade exception they got for Brandon Rush this summer to make the deal work.

The Celtics also slightly up their payroll, though they also continue to stockpile draft picks. The deal sets Boston up with a half dozen extra draft picks between now and 2018. Perhaps most profound from Boston’s side of the transaction is the decline in value of Brooks, the 25th overall pick in 2011. He played well as a rookie with the Nets, but was a throw-in as part of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce blockbuster this summer and appears to be an afterthought in this deal, as well.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported the deal (All Twitter links). Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group and Grantland’s Zach Lowe also tweeted details.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

28 thoughts on “Warriors Acquire Crawford In Swap With C’s, Heat

      1. Yeah, sorry for the confusion. Thompson’s tweet seemed to indicate the W’s were sending Douglas directly to Boston, though Woj jumped into clarify that Douglas goes to Miami. I removed the word “also” during editing.

        –Chuck

    1. I think just Toney Douglas. They don’t have a first round pick to trade for a few years right (because of the Utah salary dump)?
      If so great trade for Miami/Golden State…I am a little confused regarding what the Celtics are doing however. The pick they will receive will more than likely be at 2nd round pick (the sixers I think will trade Hawes, Thad and Turner). Not sure I would trade Crawford for two second round picks….

    2. This whole article was really confusing. The second sentence says that the Warriors are ‘also giving up Toney Douglas’ without mentioning the first person or thing that Toney Douglas would be an ‘also’ to.

  1. This move has to be Bynum related for the Heat. Bosh, Birdman, UD, and Oden as only 5 options.

    Oden is ready to play or they are signing Bynum only things that make sense

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  3. Can someone explain to me if there’s any real value to a second round pick in the NBA? It seems like a second round pick so rarely contributes that it’s almost worthless, although I did google it and there have been a handful of useful contributors from time to time. Not being negative, but just trying to get in the head of the Celtics on this, although they may be gambling on the protected pic being in the first round.

      1. Yeah, I know. I did quite a bit of research on 2nd round players in the league before asking. But if there are 30 second round pics per year for so long and so few impact players sticking around in the league, there doesn’t seem to be much more value to them aside from a lottery-ticket mentality.

  4. I’m really going to miss Joel. Obviously, this move was required to save that money. He stepped up pretty big when Birdman was suspended in the playoffs last year, and he brings a ton of energy when he plays. He covers a ton of ground defensively and sets great screens. Unfortunately, Birdman is 2 inches taller than him, while covering slightly less ground, and being able to catch and finish at the basket, making Joel expendable. If only he were making $2 million less than he is. He would be a lot more valuable…Whatever the case, I believe in Pat Riley. Boston did a good job compiling draft picks, and I like the Warriors getting Crawford to add to their other young wings. I dont see Toney Douglas sticking here long, but I may be wrong. I also dont see this as any indication whatsoever that Bynum is in their plan.

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  6. Is there some rule that doesn’t allow a team to acquire a pick they’ve all ready traded? Seems like the Sixers would have been willing to accept Anthony’s contract in order to require the draft pick they traded to Miami.

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  8. The Warriors are getting Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks. I know they’re giving up Toney Douglas, but they need to get rid of someone else. Who? Or will Brooks be waived?

    I like the trade.

      1. Oh, I didn’t know that. Being that I’m a Warriors fan and watch every game, I should have hehe.

        Thanks :)

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