Celtics part of three-team trade

Boston now owns as many as 17 total picks over the next five drafts, including as many as 10 first-round selections (though lottery protections could lower that number).

"I love the idea that we're really looking with a vision to be as good as we can be for as long as we can be," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "I think we've got, not only with [the addition of] Anthony, but with all these picks that are just adding up and adding up and adding up, you're going to have a lot of flexibility moving forward."

The Celtics, losers of nine straight entering Wednesday's game against the Toronto Raptors, have not shied from the fact that this is a transition year, one where the season won't be graded on wins and losses. Boston coaches and players desire to win games, but the front office is also focused on collecting future assets and unclogging the payroll to offer greater flexibility this offseason and beyond.

Stevens clearly took pride in the growth of Crawford's game this season, the Celtics shaping him from a reserve chucker into a serviceable combo guard who won the Eastern Conference's Player of the Week award in early December.

"I appreciate all that Jordan and MarShon both did and, obviously, Jordan's growth has been well-documented," Stevens said. "I'm really happy for him from the standpoint that he continues to get better and better and better. I had a good talk with him, wished both of those guys well."

ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, ESPNBoston.com's Chris Forsberg and ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh contributed to this report.

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