Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday that the Warriors will send guard Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat as part of the deal, with the Heat trading center Joel Anthony and future first-and second-round picks to the Celtics.
Golden State has been trying to improve its backcourt depth for awhile now and it picks up Crawford, who was having a career year filling in for injured Rajon Rondo at point guard.
Crawford even earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors last month, a big step up for a guy who became much more of a facilitator this season.
Crawford was averaging 13.7 points and a career-high 5.7 assists per game in 30.7 minutes per game for Boston this season, starting 35 of 39 games while shooting 41.4 percent from the floor and 31.8 percent from 3-point range.
He had gone into a shooting funk over the last month, however, hitting just 36.1 percent overall and 22.7 percent from 3-point range over his last 17 games since earning player of the week honors.
Crawford, who was the 27th overall pick of the New Jersey Nets in the 2010 Draft, is already fairly well traveled in this, his fourth NBA season. He was dealt to the Hawks in a draft day deal and was traded to Washington midway through his rookie season. At the trade deadline last season, he was traded to the Celtics for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins.
But Crawford represents a significant upgrade over Douglas, who struggled to find a niche with the Warriors after being signed as a free agent over the summer. Douglas missed time with a stress reaction in his leg and averaged just 11 minutes a game in 24 games for Golden State, averaging 3.7 points and one rebound while shooting 37.2 percent overall and 32.2 percent from 3-point range.
Brooks, meanwhile, fell off the NBA map this season, playing just 73 minutes in 10 appearances for the Celtics, two seasons removed from an All-Rookie campaign with the New Jersey Nets in 2011-12 during which he averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.4 minutes a game.
Brooks’ playing time fell off to 12.5 minutes a game in the Nets’ first season in Brooklyn last year, averaging 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and one assist, and he was dealt to Boston as part of the trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn.
He scored 31 points in 10 games, with 19 rebounds, on 37.5 percent shooting (9-for-24). Brooks also played five games for the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League, averaging 27.4 points, six rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 steals and one blocked shot per game in 34.9 minutes a night.