Here's a quick breakdown:
Protected first round pick (from PHI via Miami)
Second round pick (from Mia)
Golden State gets:
With the return of Rajon Rondo seemingly very close, this trade almost guarantees his return will be sooner rather than later. Moving Crawford only makes sense if Rondo is back on the roster.
This deal makes sense for the Celtics because Crawford is probably at his highest value right now. He has proven he can play a little point guard and has been shooting the ball pretty well this season. The Warriors are a team that takes a lot of three pointers, and with guys like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andre Iguodala on the floor, Crawford can hang out and shoot threes freely.
The Celtics get Joel Anthony, who has lost a lot of playing time over the past two seasons. He is averaging just 3.1 minutes per game this year and 9 last season. During five previous seasons in the league he never averaged less than 16 minutes per game.
Anthony is known for his defensive ability and rebounding. Considering Rondo will be back, rebounding, outlet passes, and getting out into the open court could be pivotal if this offense is going to improve.
The Celtics have already made two trades since 2014 began. It's likely Ainge is not done yet.
- MarShon Brooks Assigned to Maine Red Claws
- Jordan Crawford Has Been More Like Rajon Rondo than the Boston Celtics Could Have Imagined
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