Posted January 15, 2014

Report: Warriors land Jordan Crawford, Heat get Toney Douglas in three-team trade

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Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists this season. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Warriors acquired guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Celtics on Wednesday in a three-team trade, according to Yahoo! Sports.

As part of the deal, the Celtics received center Joel Anthony, a protected first-round pick (originally owned by Philadelphia) and a future second-round pick from Miami. The Heat obtained reserve guard Toney Douglas from Golden State.

Anthony has a $3.8 million player option for next season, while Douglas will be a free agent in July after playing out his $1.6 million contract. The trade will save the Heat nearly $8 million in salary and luxury taxes this season, according to ESPN.com.

The Warriors are attempting to address their lack of ball handling beyond Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala, but the trade represents a rather sharp turn from the other trade targets reportedly connected to Golden State. Crawford is a world removed from the likes of Denver’s Andre Miller or Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich. Though skilled at creating his own shot off the dribble, Crawford is more of a solo shot creator than offensive orchestrator. Nevertheless, that’s valuable to a Warriors team starved for bench production all season.

Crawford led Boston with 5.7 assists and ranked third on the team with 13.7 points. He is shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from three-point range. The fact that Crawford will be a restricted free agent at season’s end could allow Golden State to lock in a potentially useful reserve scorer if the fit is good.

The 25-year-old Crawford had been starting at point guard for the Celtics, who are preparing for Rajon Rondo’s return. The four-time All-Star point guard, who hasn’t played this season while recovering from a torn ACL, could make his season debut as early as Friday against the Lakers. Boston assigned Rondo to the Maine Red Claws of the D-League so that he can work out with the team Wednesday before returning to the Celtics.

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The 2014 first-round pick that Boston acquired in this deal belonged first to the 76ers but was sent to Miami in exchange for forward Arnett Moultrie in 2012. It also may not be a 2014 pick or a first-round pick at all. It is lottery protected this season, when Philadelphia is poised to miss the playoffs. The same protection applies in 2015 as well. Provided that the Sixers do not make the playoffs in 2015, the pick will actually be conveyed as two Sixers second-round picks — one in 2015 and the other in 2016.

Brooks, 24, the 25th pick in the 2011 draft, has split this season between Boston and the D-League. He averaged 3.1 points in 7.3 minutes in 10 games with the Celtics, who acquired him from the Nets in the deal involving Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce last July.

Douglas, 27, signed by the Warriors to help replace Jarrett Jack, averaged 3.7 points in 11 minutes in 24 games with Golden State. The Heat will be his fifth team since entering the NBA as the No. 29 pick in 2009.

Anthony logged only 37 minutes all season with the Heat, for whom the 31-year-old was a regular starter during their championship season of 2011-12.

21 comments
MikelArtist
MikelArtist

nice trade....makes sense.. 
golden state warriors
1. crawford
2. curry
3. thomson
4. igoudala
5. bogut.

scary team...  3 point shoot out team....

jroane
jroane

All 3 teams did exactly what they wanted. Golden State got a second unit scorer and someone who can fill in for Curry on occasion. Miami got salary relief. With their rotation set, they just need to limit salary exposure. Boston, well Boston doesn't want to win too much so they got exactly what they want, a marginal player with a good attitude and low cost plus draft picks (Philly will probably be in the lottery both years) that they can use as trade sweeteners down the road.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Miami did this for one reason... So they would not feel bad about cutting one of thier "family member"  Now if the Heat wanted to sign some inside help they would release Douglas before he had a chance to warn the bench. you are silly if you think Douglas would step ahead of Mason jr as garbage as Mason is...

kdbarbershop
kdbarbershop

When Jack went to Cleveland the Warriors lost the only guy on the team that could dribble drive and finish without turning over the ball. Crawford is Jack's replacement.

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

No numbers on the deal here.  Did Miami do this to shed Joel Anthony's deal (maybe so they can sign Bynum?) or what?

bulletrico
bulletrico

The Heat addressed some needs too... their inside game is good they needed more perimeter scoring off the bench.

bulletrico
bulletrico

Warriors win!!!!! Good additions Dubs!!!

x72
x72

Seems like the Heat win this trade.

Michael60
Michael60

this is a great trade by the Dubs. Douglas was doing nothing and crawford is exactly what they need. The article talks about he is not a offensive orchestrator but there is no one on the second unit that is a scorer.  Barnes was supposed to be the guy but he hasnt show that me first attitude u need from a good 6th man.  Crawford may (will)  take some bad shots but they need his punch and ball hadling

DanielSmith2
DanielSmith2

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler you could be right, but with the right fit, Douglas can contribute...he's a solid 3-point shooter and can defend very well, so if Miami can put him in spot-up positions and then have him hound opposing PGs, he might be able to help. 

DanielSmith2
DanielSmith2

@kdbarbershop Iguodala can do that, but him being hurt has been one factor, and another has been that he prefers to find open shooters off of his drives, so he passes out to 3-point shooters much more often than he tries to finish. 


I do agree, though, that Crawford replaces Jack because what the Warriors did not have was that ability off the bench. 

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

@JahliSuwaghaman 


i've read the heat did this primarily to save money, they're also in danger of getting into the luxury tax area… 


and either GSW or Miami gave Boston cash included in this deal…


i don't think the Heat wanted Toney Douglas, he's ok on the bench, but he's been awful for the Dubs this year… this was about getting rid of Anthony's deal, they also have Oden, who will fill his role, eventually...


i think the heat wanted to make sure they aren't  violating the luxury tax...

JubJub
JubJub

@x72 By getting Toney Douglas, who's scoring 3.7 points per game and averaging less than an assist per game?  Seriously?  The Warriors, whom I can't stand, got the best of this deal.  

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

@jaimearodriguez1



Oh, so Miami wins this trade by giving away a First AND a Second round pick  for absolutely no other reason -- than --  THEY overpaid some undersized stiff a couple years ago????



Maybe if you would've included LeBron, three more first round picks, and saved $25 million more, you would've really "WON" this trade…


moron…


The heat were FORCED to make this trade because they overpaid a commodity with little value, and now they had to give up the Sixers first round pick just to clean up their picks. You know how much a Philly first round pick is worth to GM's?


moron…




humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

@jaimearodriguez1 @JubJub @x72 


Heat saved money, a bad celtic team got picks, and the Warriors may have been just one decent backup ball handler away from contending…



perhaps everybody got what they wanted….



nysteele07
nysteele07

This sixers pick isn't worth that much at all. The sixers keep the pick this year and next year if they don't make the playoffs. Doesn't look like they make the playoffs this year. Then turns into a 2nd rounder in 2016. So it really isn't that valuable at all.