The Boston Celtics made quite the splash back in June when they traded fan-favorite guard Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies, as part of a three-team deal to land Kristaps Porzingis. Prior to trading Smart, there were reports that it was Malcolm Brogdon who would be sent out in any sort of move.
Ultimately, the LA Clippers got cold feet and Brogdon remained in Boston.
However, Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley believes that the Cs should explore moving the reigning Sixth Man of the Year anyway, preferably in favor of bringing in frontcourt depth.
“His $22.5 million salary is tough to stomach for a sixth man with a rocky health history, and Boston could lean on Derrick White, Payton Pritchard and Dalano Banton to handle the available minutes at point guard,” Buckley argued. “Boston, in turn, could then focus on improving its depth at other areas. Given the previous health woes of Porziņģis and Robert Williams III, plus the fact that Al Horford turned 37 this summer, the Celtics might understandably want some insurance behind that trio. They’ve also long lacked significant depth at the wing spots.”
Should the Boston Celtics trade Malcolm Brogdon?
It’s been the most drawn-out scenario of the summer for the Cs. Ever since Brogdon’s name was included in a reported trade, the entire media circle has had an insufferable itch to include him in mock trades.
(Insert “I Think You Should Leave” “we’re all trying to find the guy who did this” meme here)
It makes sense. Brogdon can’t be thrilled that he was nearly traded and everyone knows about it. However, the window for trading one of the three main guards on last season’s roster has passed… because they already did it.
Once Boston elected to move off of Smart, there was no real avenue for them to also trade the former Rookie of the Year.
It doesn’t make any sense at this point. They no longer have the surplus at the guard spot, so they should keep what they’ve got and move on.