The Golden State Warriors made a huge splash today, acquiring Celtics‘ guards Jordan Crawford and Marshon Brooks. The three team trade also involved the Miami Heat, who acquired Warriors’ backup point guard Toney Douglas, while trading away center Joel Anthony to the Celtics.
The Celtics, who are in full rebuilding mode after trading away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the offseason, will receive two protected draft picks from the Warriors as they pave the way for all-star point guard Rajon Rondo to return from his ACL-injury, which could be as early as Friday.
The winner in this trade, at least for the short term, is the Golden State Warriors by a mile. With the addition of Crawford, they get a young, athletic backup scoring point guard who is a sizable upgrade from the departed Douglas, whose recent bout of injuries and 3.7 ppg average made him expendable.
The Warriors knew that they would not go far in the playoffs with Douglas and Kent Bazemore as their primary backups to Steph Curry, who was forced to play way too many minutes on his weak ankles. Brooks is also a very sneaky pickup. He averages close to 15 ppg per 30 mpg and can serve as the primary backup to Klay Thompson.
For fantasy owners of Crawford, his numbers of 13.7 ppg and 5.7 assists in 39 games this season are sure to take a hit, but will not have much impact other than that. Curry owners might see a slight dip in production as well, but will likely serve him better in the long run as a safeguard from potential injury from logging too many minutes.