The Boston Celtics’ failed attempt to include Malcolm Brogdon in their trade for Kristaps Porzingis had lingering consequences. In late June, the Celtics had a deal in place that would have sent Brogdon to the Los Angeles Clippers, Marcus Morris to the Washington Wizards, and Porzingis to Boston. However, the trade fell apart at the last minute due to concerns the Clippers had about Brogdon’s right arm injury. As a result, the Celtics struck a different three-team deal that sent Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies.
According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, the whole experience left Brogdon feeling bitter. Washburn expressed concern about the lack of communication between Brogdon and the team, noting that the veteran guard was angry at the time. It is unclear if the Celtics have resolved the issue with Brogdon since then, as he has not spoken all summer.
Although the Celtics reportedly shut down trade inquiries for Brogdon and emphasized his value to the team, it remains to be seen how this will affect his relationship with the organization moving forward. Brogdon played a significant role for the Celtics last season, averaging 14.9 points and 3.7 assists off the bench. With Smart’s departure, he may need to step into an even bigger role as the 1B to Derrick White’s 1A at point guard this season.
Training camp is just around the corner, and Celtics fans will soon learn the current status of Brogdon’s relationship with the team.