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.
The Warriors will send guard Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat, and Miami sends center Joel Anthony and future first- and second-round picks to the Celtics, 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 second-round pick the Heat are sending to the Celtics is in 2016. 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.
With Miami's need to re-sign LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the franchise is focused on ways to reduce future payroll so it can move forward with all three stars under new deals.
For Golden State, this is the completion of several weeks of work to bolster the depth of its backcourt. Crawford, 25, has had a professional revival under coach Brad Stevens, learning to become more of a playmaker and less of a shoot-first guard. He is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists this season.
Brooks, 24, was recently recalled by the Celtics from their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, where he spent five games. He appeared in 10 games for the Celtics this season, averaging a little more than seven minutes.
Boston sent Rajon Rondo to the D-League to work out with the Red Claws Wednesday afternoon. He will return immediately after the workout to Boston, clearing the way for him to make his season debut Friday night against the Lakers.
Douglas was averaging 3.7 points in 24 games in limited minutes with the Warriors this season.
The Warriors have won 11 of their past 12 games to move within a game of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Pacific Division lead.