The Boston Celtics did more than just relieve Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks off the roster, they added Joel Anthony for the short-term plan, as well as possible long-term opportunities.
In result of the three-team deal, not only did they add a 2012, 2013 NBA champion but Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge harvest a few draft picks for the near future. By future, it's not just the forthcoming drafts. These assets are just another chip for the Celtics front office to play with in trade discussions.
Anthony, who has two championships under his belt, may not be the league's top centers in the NBA but he has the ability to be an impactful defender and rebounder. It's tough to say whether Anthony will ever have 1.3 blocks and 3.9 rebounds per game as in the 2011-12 season, but he may bring a different paint presence and experience first-year head coach Brad Stevens needs.
The 31-year-old center isn't the key in this trade though. The two draft picks acquired from the Miami Heat could ultimately translate to three second-round picks. The chances of the Celtics receiving a first-round pick -- which belonged to the Sixers, but was traded to Miami -- are slim to none due to the Sixers' playoffs hopes disappearing year by year.
Regardless of what happens, the Celtics add Anthony and three second-round selections or two second -round picks and a first, which is a good chunk of change moving forward.
This is Ainge's second trade in a matter of 10 days, so it's evident he is looking to wheel and deal soon rather than later. But the later part could take action this summer.