This summer time, the Celtics had plans to trade Malcolm Brogdon to the Clippers in a 3-group deal that would have brought Kristaps Porzingis to Boston. Nevertheless, the Clippers backed out due to issues about Brogdon’s elbow injury. As a outcome, the Celtics reworked the trade and sent Marcus Intelligent to Memphis alternatively, nevertheless acquiring Porzingis in the procedure.
According to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn on the “Celtics Beat” podcast, Brogdon is nevertheless upset about getting involved in trade talks. This could potentially lead to some conflict at the commence of education camp. Washburn described that the communication amongst Brogdon and the group has not been fruitful, and Brogdon may possibly make a decision not to undergo surgery and alternatively let his injury heal naturally as a type of protest.
Brogdon has two years and $45 million remaining on his contract. With Intelligent gone, he may well see an raise in playing time this season, while Derrick White is set to commence at the point guard position. Final season, Brogdon averaged 14.two points and four.9 rebounds per game for the Celtics.
This predicament adds an additional query mark to the Celtics’ currently extended list of uncertainties heading into education camp. They are noticed as hopeful title contenders but ought to address numerous issues. How will Porzingis match into the group and can he remain healthful? How will the group adapt to the loss of an emotional leader like Intelligent? Can Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown step up as leaders? And ultimately, can Robert Williams III remain healthful all through the season? Now, Brogdon’s wellness and attitude additional complicate matters for the Celtics.