This afternoon the Boston Celtics sent rejuvenated guard Jordan Crawford, as well as the disappointing MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors as part of a three team trade. The third team, the Miami Heat, will be receiving guard Toney Douglas and sending forward Joel Anthony and two draft picks to the Celtics.
The draft picks Boston is acquiring from the Heat include the Philadelphia 76ers protected first-round and an additional second-round selection. According to Yahoo Sports report Adrian Wojnarowski, The 76ers first-round picks turn into two second-round picks if the Sixers fail to make the playoffs in the next two seasons.
Crawford was acquired for Jason Collins and Leandro Barbosa last season, so general manager Danny Ainge has essentially turned those two players (and MarShon Brooks) into two useful draft picks. This is a great move by Boston for its rebuilding plan, especially with the return of Rajon Rondo looming, leaving less minutes for Crawford in the back-court.
I do like the trade from Boston’s perspective, though I was hoping to see the Brandon Bass contract moved along with Crawford for a less protected first-round draft pick. Either way, Ainge is stockpiling picks to either develop future draft choices under Stevens, or use in a trade this summer or next summer to acquire more established talent.
It was a pleasure watching Jordan Crawford develop under Brad Stevens and his improvement only creates more optimism to fans that coach Stevens is going to make his players play harder and play better.
Next on the trading block. Brandon Bass (or hopefully Gerald Wallace)!