Warriors acquire Crawford, Brooks in 3-team trade

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Posted: Jan 15, 2014 8:04 PM
Warriors acquire Crawford, Brooks in 3-team trade

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have been searching for a suitable backup to point guard Stephen Curry since veteran Jarrett Jack signed with Cleveland as a free agent last summer.

The Warriors had hoped Toney Douglas could help fill the void, but he couldn't.

Now they're counting on Jordan Crawford for more production.

The Warriors acquired Crawford and reserve MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics and sent Douglas to the Miami Heat on Wednesday in a three-team trade.

The Heat sent seldom-used center Joel Anthony, two draft picks and cash considerations to the Celtics in a move that creates financial flexibility for the two-time defending NBA champions and bolsters Boston's rebuilding project. Miami gave the Celtics its 2015 protected first-round pick — originally acquired from Philadelphia — and 2016 second-round pick. If the 76ers don't make the playoffs the next two seasons, the 2015 first-round pick will be a second-round selection.

"The picks keep piling up and piling up. We've got a lot of flexibility moving forward," first-year Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before Boston hosted Toronto on Wednesday night.

The deal gives Golden State more scoring punch behind Curry after the defensive-minded Douglas had struggled to provide much support.

Crawford is averaging 13.7 points and 5.6 assists this season, but he became expendable with Boston expecting All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to return soon from a right knee injury that has kept him out since last January. Crawford also is shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from 3-point range.

Brooks had two up-and-down years with the Nets before splitting time with Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League this season. He's averaging 3.1 points in 10 games with the Celtics.

Crawford and Brooks were not expected to be in uniform for Golden State's home game against Denver on Wednesday night.

After inking free agent Andre Iguodala, the Warriors had hoped Douglas could serve as the primary ball-handler behind Curry. But Douglas missed 14 games because of a stress reaction in his left shin and hasn't been able to find a rhythm since he returned. Douglas averaged 3.7 points, 0.8 assists and 11 minutes in 24 games.

For the Heat, the gains are largely financial, both short- and long-term.

Anthony was making $3.8 million this season — more than double what Douglas is earning — and is on the books for another $3.8 million next season. The deal should save the Heat more than $10 million in salary and luxury tax payments over the next two seasons, and that may help when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all decide to become free agents this summer.

Heat President Pat Riley said the trade gives the franchise "great flexibility moving forward in our journey to win an NBA championship." He also fondly called Anthony the center of one of his "favorite teams" — the 15-win 2007-08 Heat squad from Riley's last season as coach.

"This is very, very, very, very, very, very hard to do this," Riley said before Miami played at Washington on Wednesday night. "He was part of the family. He helped us win two championships. ... This really is about flexibility more than it is about anything else."

And because point guard Mario Chalmers is currently dealing with an Achilles problem, Douglas also could provide some insurance for Miami as well. Another option is that the Heat can choose to simply absorb whatever's left on Douglas' $1.6 million contract this season to open a roster spot, one they could possibly target free agent center Andrew Bynum with.

Anthony played in 12 games for Miami this season, logging more than three minutes just four times. He scored a total of six points and has been largely an afterthought in the Heat rotation since the team signed forward Chris Andersen to be their top big-man reserve last year.

Greg Oden also was active for Miami for the first time Wednesday night. The center has not played in a regular-season game in more than four years but had been steadily progressing in a rehab program since signing with Miami in the offseason.


AP Sports Writers Tim Reynolds, Jimmy Golen and Joseph White contributed to this story.