This summer season, the Celtics had plans to commerce Malcolm Brogdon to the Clippers in a three-team deal that might have introduced Kristaps Porzingis to Boston. Nonetheless, the Clippers backed out as a consequence of issues about Brogdon’s elbow harm. Because of this, the Celtics reworked the commerce and despatched Marcus Good to Memphis as a substitute, nonetheless buying Porzingis within the course of.
Based on the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn on the “Celtics Beat” podcast, Brogdon remains to be upset about being concerned in commerce talks. This might probably result in some battle at the beginning of coaching camp. Washburn talked about that the communication between Brogdon and the workforce has not been fruitful, and Brogdon would possibly resolve to not endure surgical procedure and as a substitute let his harm heal naturally as a type of protest.
Brogdon has two years and $45 million remaining on his contract. With Good gone, he may even see a rise in taking part in time this season, though Derrick White is about to begin on the level guard place. Final season, Brogdon averaged 14.2 factors and 4.9 rebounds per recreation for the Celtics.
This case provides one other query mark to the Celtics’ already lengthy record of uncertainties heading into coaching camp. They’re seen as hopeful title contenders however should tackle a number of issues. How will Porzingis match into the workforce and may he keep wholesome? How will the workforce adapt to the lack of an emotional chief like Good? Can Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown step up as leaders? And eventually, can Robert Williams III keep wholesome all through the season? Now, Brogdon’s well being and perspective additional complicate issues for the Celtics.