The Golden State Warriors acquired guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks in a trade with Boston, according to team sources.
Looking up to shore up their bench scoring, the Warriors got Crawford and Brooks for defensive specialist Toney Douglas. Douglas, signed as a free agent in the offseason, will go to the Miami Heat while the Celtics will get center Joel Anthony from Miami. The Warriors have not officially announced the trade.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Crawford should give an immediate lift to the Warriors' offense off the bench and also some playmaking that they weren't getting from Douglas. Now in his fourth NBA season, Crawford has averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds for Boston, averaging 32 minutes. He was the 27th pick in the first round by Washington in the 2010 NBA draft.
Crawford is shooting 41.4 percent from the field for the season and 31.8 percent from 3-point range.
The 6-5, 200-pound Brooks, in his third year, is a shooting guard who has played sparingly with Boston, averaging 3.1 points in 10 games. He spent his first two seasons with the Nets and averaged 12.6 points a game as a rookie while the team was in New Jersey. He averaged 5.4 points in a diminished role last season in Brooklyn.
Crawford is clearly the key piece for the Warriors. Despite some defensive deficiencies, Golden State has missed the bench scoring that departed when veteran Jarrett Jack signed an offseason free-agent contract with Cleveland. It was thought Douglas might provide some of that, and had a 22-point outing in a game at San Antonio early in the season. But he subsequently missed 14 games because of a stress reaction in his left tibia and hasn't been able to find a rhythm since returning to the club's rotation. Douglas averaged 3.7 points and 0.8 assists in 24 games with Golden State playing 11 minutes per game.
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