I’ve been a huge advocate of the Celtics needing some added scoring for next season. They’ve showed promise with a great leader in Coach Ime Udoka. And they just got a step better with this new pickup! I’d go as far as to say they should be everyone’s favorite to come out of the east next year.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers. All the Celtics had to give up was Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, and Juwan Morgan along with a 2023-first-round pick.
Brad Stevens surely knew what he was doing with this trade. He essentially picked up a borderline all-star for pennies! Daniel Theis is a hard worker, but he could go! Aaron Nesmith just finished his rookie year and struggled as a shooter. The only question lingering is who will start?
Many have suggested the Celtics needed a true point guard that can be the floor general. Marcus Smart wasn’t cutting it to some folks. That has never been from my mouth or twitter fingers. I suggest Brogdon come off the bench.
Last year, Brogdon averaged 19 points and 5 rebounds. Of course, the former Virginia star struggled with injuries and only played 36 games. The season before that, he averaged 21 points—that’s a dream come true for Boston fans.
Celtics have a guy that has size at 6’5, can shoot, automatic from the line, and defend. While he was in Milwaukee he was overshadowed by the greatness of Giannis. But here in Boston, he’ll fit perfectly, depending on where he fits in the rotation.
Now Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum can spend more time being playmakers. They don’t have to play 40+ minutes every playoff game. Adding another young guard will surely put them over the top.
As Woj continues to update us on the latest pickups and trades, I don’t expect anymore activity coming from the Celtics’ front office.