In the world of sports trades constantly happen. In July 2022, the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers made a trade that equally benefited both teams when the Cs acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Pacers, and in return, Indy received Aaron Nesmith, Daniel Theis, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan, and a 2023 first-round pick.
At the time of the trade, it was a big deal for the Celtics — with the Cs feeling that Brogdon was the piece that could get them over the top in the Banner 18 chase.
While Boston was never able to win an NBA Championship during his time with the team, Brogdon was a very solid contributor; serving as a key part of a playoff team that made an Eastern Conference Finals and capturing the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Boston Celtics and Pacers both turned out to be winners of the Malcolm Brogdon trade
This trade was certainly a win for the Celtics — since not only did they get a solid player, but they were able to use him in a trade to acquire the services of Jrue Holiday. Brogdon’s trade value put the Boston Celtics in a prime position to win an NBA Championship this season.
The reason the trade was also a win for the Pacers, though, was because at the time of the trade they were looking to rebuild around younger talent. Brogdon was not part of their future plans, but Nesmith has developed into a rotational player likely to stay in the Circle City for the long-haul.
Indiana was looking to rebuild and move on from Brogdon for the younger talent and they got exactly what they wanted. Because of the Brogdon deal, they were able to put all of their focus on Tyrese Haliburton; who they believe will be the face of the franchise and looks the part already.