Warriors bolster backcourt in three-team trade
As if the Western Conference needed to become a more difficult playoff road to travel, news has just broken that the Golden State Warriors have acquired guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics in a three-team deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting.
The Dubs are apparently only giving up Toney Douglas and one of their trade exceptions in order to match salaries, providing a few bucks of cap relief for the Celtics and acquiring much-needed backcourt help without having to give up a thing, basically. Douglas will reportedly be rerouted to Miami, and the Heat will send Joel Anthony and Philadelphia’s future first-rounder (top-14 protected in 2014; top-10 protected in 2015) and a future second-round pick to Boston to consummate the deal.
Golden State has had issues with backcourt depth after letting Jarrett Jack walk during the offseason. Douglas has been less than effective, and when Stephen Curry or Andre Iguodala sits for whatever reason, the Warriors have woefully lacked in competent ball-handlers. On paper, this move seems to bolster an already excellent team.
The Warriors currently own the 13th-best offense and 4th-best defense in the league, per NBA.com/Stats, which is a strange realization. Douglas was a defensive-minded point guard while Crawford and Brooks are very offensive-minded. It will be interesting to watch going forward.
The Warriors are currently six games behind the Spurs in the loss column, but much of that lost ground came while Iggy missed a significant amount of time. They’re rolling right now, and they may have just gotten better.
It’s going to be a fun stretch run.
Warriors get: (from Boston) Jordan Crawford (G), MarShon Brooks (G).
Celtics get: (from Miami) Joel Anthony; Philadelphia’s first-rounder (top-14 protected in 2014; top-10 protected in 2015) and a second-round pick.
Heat get: (from Golden State) Toney Douglas. (This is a money-saving move for the Heat, as Anthony is on the payroll for $3.8 million this season and next. They’ll save roughly $10 million in luxury-tax payments.)
*The Warriors had to give up one of their traded-player exceptions to absorb the incoming contracts, but it’s unclear where that money went, officially. My bet would be Boston, though.