This summer season, the Celtics had plans to trade Malcolm Brogdon to the Clippers in a 3-group deal that would have brought Kristaps Porzingis to Boston. Even so, the Clippers backed out due to issues about Brogdon’s elbow injury. As a outcome, the Celtics reworked the trade and sent Marcus Clever to Memphis as an alternative, nonetheless acquiring Porzingis in the approach.
According to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn on the “Celtics Beat” podcast, Brogdon is nonetheless upset about becoming involved in trade talks. This could potentially lead to some conflict at the commence of education camp. Washburn talked about that the communication involving Brogdon and the group has not been fruitful, and Brogdon may possibly make a decision not to undergo surgery and as an alternative let his injury heal naturally as a kind of protest.
Brogdon has two years and $45 million remaining on his contract. With Clever gone, he could see an enhance in playing time this season, even though 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 yet another query mark to the Celtics’ currently extended list of uncertainties heading into education camp. They are observed as hopeful title contenders but should address various issues. How will Porzingis match into the group and can he remain healthier? How will the group adapt to the loss of an emotional leader like Clever? Can Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown step up as leaders? And lastly, can Robert Williams III remain healthier all through the season? Now, Brogdon’s well being and attitude additional complicate matters for the Celtics.