With free agency just a few days away, I thought I’d put out a few articles talking about the players who I believe the Boston Celtics can look to add to their roster next season. With roughly $34M in cap space, the Celtics can make a few big moves this offseason. Whether it’s giving most of that money to one player, splitting it up, or waiting until next offseason, the Celtics have options. Here I’ll talk about one player who I think the Celtics can go after: Malcolm Brogdon.
Malcolm Brogdon made a name for himself in his first three years in the NBA on the Milwaukee Bucks. He started as a rookie at the age of 24, but found himself winning Rookie of the Year honors. In his rookie season, Brogdon had averages of 10 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds per game. Brogdon, coming off of his best season last year, averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists, and became the 8th player in NBA History to average 50/40/90 splits. Speaking of 50/40/90 splits, Brogdon has nearly reached that mark in every season he’s been in the NBA. His career splits are 48/41/89.
Malcolm Brogdon is as efficient as they come. He knows how to put the ball in the basket, he’s an elite defender, and was one of the biggest reasons why the Bucks won 60 games last season. He’s not the sexiest name or the best scorer in the world, but he’s a smart basketball player who rarely turns the ball over and can impact a game like no other.
If the Bucks don’t decide to offer him the max, the Celtics can jump in and make life harder on the Bucks. They can offer him a contract that the Bucks would have to match, making it harder to bring back free agents such as Khris Middleton, Nikola Mirotic, and Brook Lopez. At the very least, Danny Ainge can try to make one of his rival teams in the East a little worse. That would be the most Danny Ainge move ever.
But seriously, the Celtics could use someone with the skillset that Brogdon possesses. He won’t put us over the edge, but he would undoubtedly make the Celtics better and help the team win games. Imagining Malcolm Brogdon and Marcus Smart in the backcourt makes me realize how not a single player would score on the two.
It may be a bit pricey to get him, but at 26 years old, Brogdon is set to hit the prime of his career and will continue to put up fantastic numbers. By playing in the Celtics’ system with Brad Stevens and having players around him such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Malcolm can thrive and help make the Celtics one of the most competitive teams in the league.
The chances of this happening may not be the highest because Milwaukee would be stupid to let Brogdon leave, but if the opportunity comes up for Danny and the Celtics, they might not pass up on it. A starting lineup including Brogdon, Brown, Tatum, and Hayward sounds like a core that’ll give your team’s starting lineup a hard time.
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