Celtics Part Ways With Jordan Crawford & MarShon Brooks

Jordan Crawford's strong play dropped in the last month.

Jordan Crawford’s strong play dropped in the last month.

The Boston Celtics cleared more room off their roster today. They sent guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Miami Heat.

The Celtics received Joel Anthony from the Heat and two draft picks. One of those selections could become a first-round pick if the Philadelphia 76ers finish out of the lottery in 2014 or 2015. Since the 76ers are 12-25, it seems like the Celtics will not be getting that pick in the opening round for 2014. The Sixers have three 2014 first-round picks along with Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, who will be returning from a torn ACL injury next year. They could sneak into the playoffs if their young talent develops quickly in a poor Eastern Conference. Right now, the Celtics appear headed towards getting two second-round choices in this deal.



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While the Warriors added Crawford and Brooks, they sent reserve guard Toney Douglas to the Heat. The Warriors needed depth at the guard position and the Heat wanted to clear money to possibly sign center Andrew Bynum.

Anthony is getting paid $3.8 million for this season and he has a player option for $3.8 million next year, which he will most likely trigger this summer. The 6-foot-9-inch, 245-pound center/forward is a role player who can defend and set screens. He can score around the rim, but he is not a primary offensive threat. This season, Anthony has only played in 12 games. Anthony’s career averages are 2.4 points per game in 16.4 minutes.

This move also opens the door for Rajon Rondo to return to the court. Earlier this week, Rondo speculated that he might make his season debut for Friday’s home game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The guard sent a cryptic tweet that spanned the time from when he underwent surgery on his knee on February 13, 2013 to the start time of Friday’s game. Rondo did not say anything to the media about when he will come back, but head coach Brad Stevens raised the possibility that Rondo will play on Friday. The team reassigned Rondo to the Maine Red Claws today and they called him back after the Red Claws’ practice.

 

On paper, the Celtics are taking a gamble that they can get a first-round pick from the Sixers in 2015. Anthony’s contract does not help them for next year, but the money will not handcuff the Celtics for their roster. They were able to acquire assets for two journeymen who were not going to be with the Celtics next year.

 

 

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