The Boston Celtics got the point guard they were seeking Friday. Boston reportedly acquired Malcolm Brogdon in a trade with the Indiana Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The deal will cost the Celtics five players and a 2023 first-round pick. None of the players going back to the Pacers are considering part of Boston’s core.
In exchange for Brogdon, the Pacers will receive Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas and Daniel Theis.
Brogdon, 29, averaged 19.1 points and 5.9 assists per contest last season. He won the Rookie of the Year award with the Milwaukee Bucks after the 2016-17 NBA season, and has been a solid player over his career, averaging 15.5 point and 4.8 assists over six seasons.
Brogdon has three years left on his contract. He’ll make a little over $22 million in each of the next three seasons.
The move comes weeks after the Celtics fell to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Turnovers plagued the Celtics throughout the series. Boston had 23 turnovers in Game 6, including seven on 11 possessions at the end of the second quarter.
Those issues led some to question the Celtics needed to add a point guard. Marcus Smart took exception to those thoughts, telling the Boston Globe he feels confident in his ability at the position.
The Brogdon acquisition takes some pressure off Smart to be the team’s primary option running the point.
Courtesy: Yahoo Sports