Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks will be available for the Warriors on Friday when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at 6:30 p.m.
On Friday afternoon, the NBA finalized the three-team trade that sent the pair of former Boston Celtics to GoldenState. The approval didn’t come until after the Warriors’ morning shootaround at Chesapeake Energy Arena, so Crawford and Brooks weren’t able to participate.
Both players attended and watched the shootaround, but couldn’t be made available to the media until the trade went through.
Coach Mark Jackson expects the players to quickly blend in.
“It’s basketball,” Jackson said. ‘I’m so used to going to any park, I’ll pick four guys and we’ll be alright. I don’t need to meet them or anything. It’s simple basketball.”
Jackson, of course, has met both players and they’ve spent time studying film in addition to watching practice. Crawford figures to be immediately thrust into a major role. He joins the teams having averaged 13.7 points and 5.1 assists while starting most of this season in Boston.
“Jordan will play right away. He’s our backup point guard,” Jackson said. “With MarShon, it’s about staying ready, being ready and when the opportunity presents itself, capitalizing on it.”