This Celtics-Pacers trade lands Malcolm Brogdon in Boston

Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers, NBA Trade Rumors
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Boston Celtics Receive: G Malcolm Brogdon
Indiana Pacers Receive: G Marcus Smart, C Tristan Thompson, 2025 first-round pick (lottery protected)

Malcolm Brogdon has long been an underrated point guard in the NBA, ever since he won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award back in the 2016-2017 season.

Just this season, Brogdon had a career year with the Pacers, posting a career-best 21.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game on 38.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

With Brogdon being a valuable piece to acquire, the Celtics would be sending over Marcus Smart in the trade. Yes, Boston has been reluctant to move Smart in a trade over the years, but Danny Ainge is no longer calling the shots.

Smart has been a glue guy for the Celtics and his contributions on both ends of the court have been vital to their success. But with the chance to get Brogdon, Boston could move Smart and Tristan Thompson, along with a future first-round pick that is lottery protected.

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Would this be enough for the Pacers to send Brogdon elsewhere?

Let’s take a look at how this NBA trade scenario centered around Malcolm Brogdon would impact both the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers.