Rapid Reaction after the Boston Celtics completed their second three-team trade in 10 days on Wednesday:
THE NITTY GRITTY
As part of a three-team swap with Golden State and Miami, the Celtics shipped Jordan Crawford and Marshon Brooks to the Warriors and received center Joel Anthony and a pair of future draft picks, including a protected pick via Philadelphia that could be a first-rounder next year (or turns into a second-rounder after if the 76ers are in the lottery next season). The money-saving Heat receive Toney Douglas from the Warriors to complete the swap.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Celtics further unclogged their backcourt, particularly with Rajon Rondo's impending return, by flipping two players that were not part of their future for a couple future assets. The Celtics become the biggest 76ers fans in the league hoping to score a non-lottery first-round pick if they make the playoffs this season or next (as unlikely as that appears on the surface). Boston takes back the contract of Anthony, who has played only 37 minutes in 12 appearances for Miami this season. Anthony is being paid $3.8 million this season and owns a player option for next season at the same rate (one that he would seemingly be foolish not to trigger). Te 31-year-old Anthony is a seven-year veteran who has averaged 2.4 points and 3.1 rebounds over 16.4 minutes per game in his career. The bottom line with this deal is that Boston gets back some additional picks to add to its growing pile of future assets for two guys that were not going to be re-signed after the season. The trickle-down effect means more playing time for newly acquired Jerryd Bayless and backup point guard Phil Pressey.