With the NBA trade deadline looming less than a month away, the Golden State Warriors wasted no time in pulling off a deal. Addressing their last-ranked bench offense, the team acquired guard Jordan Crawford and swingman MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics in a three-team deal first reported Wednesday morning.
To acquire the young scorers, the Warriors sent veteran guard Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat along with part of their trade exception. The Heat then sent seldom-used center Joel Anthony to the Celtics.
Crawford, now on his fifth team in as many seasons, was having a fine year on a young Celtics team, averaging 13.7 points to go along with a career-best 5.7 assists. Despite those strong numbers, the arrival of Jerryd Bayless and Rajon Rondo‘s impending return, made him expendable.
For all his tremendous offensive gifts, Brooks was never able to crack coach Brad Stevens‘ rotation, playing in just 10 games thus far. After a promising rookie season that saw him average 12.6 points for the then-New Jersey Nets, Brooks saw his minutes diminish with the Nets’ acquisition of Joe Johnson, and was ultimately sent packing this offseason. His questionable shot selection and lack of defensive effort led him to clash with former coach Avery Johnson. Hopefully Brooks has learned from his mistakes, and history doesn’t repeat itself. Recently, Brooks put his offensive arsenal on display, averaging an eye-popping 27.4 points for the Maine Red Claws at the D-League showcase this past week.
On paper, the additions of Crawford and Brooks undoubtedly strengthen the young bench core which includes Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, and the improving Kent Bazemore, and hopefully could form a solid nucleus for the future.