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Breaking down the Celtics’ Jordan Crawford trade

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On January 15, 2014 @ 12:56 pm In General | 31 Comments

Jordan Crawford [3]

Jordan Crawford

Thus ends the Jordan Crawford era.

The Celtics [4] traded Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Warriors in a three-team deal with the Heat that will bring Joel Anthony [5], a protected first-round pick and a future second-round pick to Boston, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski [6].

The first-round pick comes by way of the 76ers and is lottery protected for this season and next. Should Philadelphia fail to reach the playoffs in either season, the Celtics [4] will receive Philly’s 2015 and 2016 second-round selections. The second-round pick currently in place is reportedly Miami’s 2016 selection.

Regardless, Ainge traded one player who was out for the season (Leandro Barbosa [7]) and another who was out of the league within two months (Jason Collins [8]) for Crawford at the trade deadline last season, and turned him into at least two future picks. Pretty savvy on the Celtics [4] president’s part.

Meanwhile, the Heat received Toney Douglas [9] from the Warriors and managed to unload Anthony’s burdensome contract on the Celtics [4]. The 31-year-old center, who has appeared in just 12 games for Miami, is making $3.8 million this season and will surely pick up his $3.8 million player option in 2014-15. That’s the downside, as Crawford is a restricted free agent at season’s end.

In Crawford and Brooks, the Warriors add backcourt depth behind the oft-injured Stephen Curry.

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