COMMENTARY | The Boston Celtics have been the busiest team in the league over the last few weeks in the NBA.
While the losses continue to mount, so do the draft picks and potential cap space the Celtics receive as Danny Ainge works the phones hammering out deal after deal.
Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks are now members of the Golden State Warriors after Boston sent them packing as part of a three-team deal that included the Miami Heat. Here are the particulars from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski:
As part of a three-team deal, the Boston Celtics have traded guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Miami will send a first-round pick it owns from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Celtics, but that pick becomes two second-round picks should the Sixers miss the playoffs in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The Heat will save $11.5 million in salary and luxury tax with the unloading of Anthony's contract. Anthony has appeared in just 12 games for Miami this season, averaging a little more three minutes.
Boston had little need for Crawford with Rajon Rondo due back and the recently acquired Jerryd Bayless on the roster. Bayless and Crawford were a duplication of services that the Celtics didn't feel was necessary to have the remainder of this season.
This has to hurt for Crawford, who essentially was used like the rebound guy in a relationship that never had a shot of turning into a marriage. He was playing the best basketball of his career this season, giving Boston modest production at the point guard position.
His growth as a player was lauded by many, and it's a shame that he becomes a causality of this rebuilding situation. He was acquired because the Celtics lost Rondo to injury last season and now has been moved before ever getting to play alongside the All-Star guard. If you ever needed more evidence that the NBA is a business, looking at how the Celtics handled Crawford should help.
Nevertheless it had to be done.
Boston will welcome Joel Anthony and his player option for $3.8 million next season as a result of the deal. It's not the sexiest of contracts to accept but if the acquired draft pick ends up being a first-rounder just outside the lottery, then Boston can't complain. But that still has a ways to go to play out. In the meantime, it's unclear if Anthony will get any burn under coach Brad Stevens but Boston could use his rim-protecting capabilities in late-game situations.
The roster is still very much in flux and guys like Keith Bogans and Gerald Wallace need an exodus from Boston badly. Bogans was excused by the team indefinitely on Jan. 14 for "personal reasons" while Wallace continues to complain about his role and the selfish play of others. Neither Bogans nor Wallace want to be part of the team's rebuild, and Celtics management would relish at an opportunity to grant the wishes of both veterans.
If that wasn't enough, the rumors that Boston may still entertain trades for Rondo are still prevalent. Nothing concrete has been reported or discussed, but it appears as if everything is on the table for discussion.
Everybody is for sale if trading him helps make the rebuilding process a relatively quick one in the mind of Ainge.
Warren Shaw is a NBA contributor to Dime Magazine and co-host of the weekly basketball podcast "The Baseline". He has covered various sporting events live while also conducting one on one player interviews. His passion for basketball is seconded by boxing and his work can be found on shawsports.net.
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