5 Malcolm Brogdon trades for Celtics after Marcus Smart move: Philadelphia 76ers
A trade with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers in the same article seems blasphemous, but this deal would actually make some sense for the Boston Celtics.
De’Anthony Melton would help replace some of the defensive presence the Celtics lost when they traded Marcus Smart, as he was an absolute menace this past season, finishing second in the league in total steals.
He was also a capable three-point shooter who would be a great backup guard option for the Celtics to have on the roster, and he’s also on a cheaper contract.
Meanwhile, PJ Tucker could help replace Grant Williams, who seems to be on his way out of Boston. The days of him playing 25-30 minutes are gone, but on the Celtics, he wouldn’t have to have a huge role.
Tucker would be able to focus on playing hard-nosed defense, acting as a locker-room leader, and hitting his corner threes when the time comes.
This trade would make a ton of sense for Philadelphia if James Harden decides to leave for the Houston Rockets. They would be in the market for a new starting guard.
Brogdon would be able to start alongside Tyrese Maxey, and his ability to play off the ball would allow Maxey to slot in as the team’s starting point guard.
If Harden stays in Philadelphia, the deal makes less sense, but it could still potentially help the 76ers improve their bench unit.
Potential starting lineups
Celtics: Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Robert Williams, Kristaps Porzingis
76ers: Tyrese Maxey, Malcolm Brogdon, Georges Niang, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid (if Harden leaves)