Pacers to trade Malcolm Brogdon for Celtics

Pacers to trade Malcolm Brogdon for Celtics

The Pacers agreed to exchange custody veteran Malcolm Brogdon to Celticsaccording to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).

The agreement will send the center Daniel Theiswing Aaron Nesmithand a first-round pick in Indiana in 2023, reports Wojnarowski (by Twitter). Nick Stauskas, Malik Fittand John Morgan are also heading to the Pacers in the trade, adds Wojnarowski (by Twitter).

The Celtics wanted to acquire a “real game keeper”, says Wojnarowski (by Twitter), and were able to do this without including any of their core drives in the package. Brogdon battled injuries often over his six-year career, but he was effective on both ends of the court when healthy.

In 2021/22, the 29-year-old averaged 19.1 PPG, 5.9 APG and 5.1 RPG in 36 games (33.5 MPG) for the Pacers. Brogdon’s three-point percentage dropped to 31.2 percent last season, but he’s still a career 37.6 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

Although Brogdon’s name came up frequently in trade rumors this offseason, he was mostly tied to the Wizards and Knicks in the weeks leading up to the draft. Washington filled its leadership gap by agreeing to acquire Mount Morris and sign Delon Wrightas New York lands Jalen Brunson in free agency. This opened the door for another Eastern Conference club to strike a deal with the Pacers.

Brogdon will earn $67.6 million over the next three seasons, including $22.6 million in 2022/23. In order to match his salary and make the trade legal, the Celtics will have to include five players in their package – the most expensive of those players, Theis, earns $8.69 million next season, while Nesmith will earn $3.8 millions of dollars. Stauskas, Fitts and Morgan had unsecured minimum wage contracts, which will become guaranteed for matching purposes, tweet ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

The Celtics, who also reportedly agreed to sign Danilo Gallinarinow have about $167.5 million committed to 11 players, according to NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg (Twitter link), so team ownership doesn’t seem to worry about paying a tax bill in 2022/23. Depending on how deep in tax Boston is willing to invest, the club could also use its $17 million trade exception, which will not be used in this deal.

The Pacers, meanwhile, had an interest in Grant Williamsaccording to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report (Twitter link), but were ultimately willing to accept a 2023 Celtics first-round pick that could land quite late in the 20s.

Indiana may also see value in Theis and Nesmith, but the deal is more about the first round and the cap flexibility that Brogdon will create. In addition to freeing up long-term cash, the Pacers now have about $31 million in projected cap this summer, tweet Brands.

Both teams will have to wait until July 9 to officially finalize the trade, notes Marks (by Twitter), as Morgan cannot be distributed until then.

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