Why the Boston Celtics do it
Malcolm Brogdon being in a situation where he can be the sixth-man in a rotation that still prioritizes the current starting five (Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Wiliams) would be beyond beneficial to the C’s second unit. Brogdon has never scored less than 16 points per game in starter minutes, but he’d be coming to Boston with a different mission than filling up the cup: breaking down defenses and finding his teammates for easy looks.
While Derrick White does fill that role capably, and Daniel Theis has plenty of value as a backup big with emergency starter qualities, Brogdon would be such an upgrade offensively that opposing teams would have to focus extra attention on stopping him off the bench like teams used to do with Manu Ginóbili.
Why the Indiana Pacers do it
Tyrese Haliburton is in tow, and the combo of he and Buddy Hield should be enough to carry Indiana into the future. Malcolm Brogdon’s contract and age (29) make him a poor fit with the Pacers at this point, so extracting two draft picks should be the goal for the franchise this offseason.