Celtics snag Malcolm Brogdon from Pacers

Boston, Massachusetts - The Indiana Pacers have agreed to trade point guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Boston Celtics, bolstering the backcourt of the reigning Eastern Conference champions.

Malcolm Brogdon (r) got traded to the Boston Celtics, and Danilo Gallinari might follow close behind.
Malcolm Brogdon (r) got traded to the Boston Celtics, and Danilo Gallinari might follow close behind.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/danilogallogallinari & malcolmbrogdon

In return, the Pacers are getting a 2023 first-round draft pick from the Celtics, along with Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, and Juwan Morgan.

The news was first reported on Friday by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Celtics set out to find a traditional point guard this offseason after last season's NBA Finals run came up short largely due to a high turnover rate. Boston committed 353 turnovers during their 24-game playoff run, the most since the 2003 San Antonio Spurs who racked up 365.

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Jayson Tatum was responsible for 100 of those turnovers, the most by a player in a single postseason since the league started tracking turnovers in 1977-78.

Brogdon (29) averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.9 assists last season for Indiana but was limited to just 36 games by a lingering injury to his right Achilles tendon.

A second-round pick out of Virginia, Brogdon spent his first three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and won Rookie of the Year in 2016-17. He has spent the past three seasons with the Pacers.

Even after acquiring Brogdon, Boston top executive, Brad Stevens may not be done adding to the Celtics' roster.

ESPN reported earlier on Friday that 33-year-old veteran forward Danilo Gallinari – who was traded to the Spurs and was then to be waived – has identified Boston as his preferred landing spot.

Cover photo: Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/danilogallogallinari & malcolmbrogdon

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