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Danny Ainge has made another trade to aid the Celtics and their tanking. Here is the deal:
Celtics Receive: Joel Anthony (From Heat), potential lottery protected first round pick (From 76ers), 2016 second round pick (From Heat)
Warriors Receive: Jordan Crawford (From Celtics), MarShon Brooks (From Celtics)
Heat Receive: Toney Douglas (From Warriors)
This trade was obviously made to make the Celtics worse, making their path for the number one overall pick in the 2014 draft easier. Trading breakout star Jordan Crawford, and long term project MarShon Brooks for a washed up Joel Anthony is not beneficial. However, those two draft picks, especially the potential first rounder are definitely the main benefit for the Celtics. The pick from the 76ers is lottery protected, and if the 76ers do not make the playoffs for the next two years, the first rounder will turn into two second round picks. This trade marks the end of the Celtics ability to be successful this season.
This trade is also disappointing for Jordan Crawford who will likely be coming off the bench as a backup to Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson. Crawford showed he is a starting caliber player in this season with the Celtics, but will likely be playing off the bench the rest of the year. However, Crawford can choose not to resign with the Warriors and test free agency at the season's end. Hopefully he can sign with a team that will give him big minutes if he opts to enter free agency This is yet another chapter in MarShon Brook's career. Brook's has still not received any significant minutes so far in his career, and I stand by the fact that he could become a valuable role player off the bench if given the minutes. Unfortunately, in the Warrior's crowded backcourt rotation, an opportunity seems unlikely for Brooks to play significant minutes.
Let the tanking sweepstakes begin!