Rumors have been flying around in recent weeks about the Golden State Warriors’ interest in upgrading their bench, and now those rumors have come to fruition.
The Warriors have acquired guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics in a three-team deal that also includes the Miami Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The complete deal is reported to be as follows by Sam Amick of USA Today:
- Warriors get: SG Jordan Crawford, SG MarShon Brooks (from Celtics)
- Heat get: PG Toney Douglas (from Warriors)
- Celtics get: Joel Anthony future first and second round pick (from Heat)
Just by taking a quick glance at the trade details, the Warriors got exactly what they needed with depth at the guard position off the bench. Crawford, who is listed as a shooting guard but can play point guard, is a sizable upgrade from Douglas, the Warriors’ current backup for Stephen Curry. Crawford is scoring 13.7 points, 5.7 assists, and 3,1 rebounds in 39 games with the Celtics, in which he has 35 starts. He has averaged double digits in four of his six seasons in the league.
The Warriors also acquire Brooks, who had a strong rookie season two seasons with the Nets (12.6 points, 2.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds in 56 games), but tapered off since. He is averaging 3.1 points in just 10 games played for the Celtics this year.
However, besides the salary upgrade, this is well worth giving up just Douglas, who has not performed up to task as a backup for Curry this season. Riddled by injuries and inconsistency, Douglas has an average of just 3.7 points, 0.8 assists, and 1.1 assists in 24 games.
Golden State needs bench depth badly, currently ranking last in the league with their non-starters scoring just 22.8 points per game. While Crawford and Brooks may not make them instant title contenders, they will surely help provide important rest for the big boys to be more healthy come playoff time.