Cedric Maxwell: Malcolm Brogdon will understand role with Celtics

The Boston Celtics suddenly have a deep backcourt with Malcolm Brogdon.

They acquired the veteran point guard in a 6-for-1 trade with the Indiana Pacers on Friday, parting ways with Aaron Nesmith, Daniel Theis, Nik Stauskas, Juwan Morgan, Malik Fitts and a 2023 first-round draft pick. The move gives Cs head coach Ime Udoka plenty of depth of coverage as Brogdon joins Marcus Smart, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard.

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NBA pundits have given the Celtics high marks for the deal, but Brogdon’s arrival has many wondering what it means for Smart’s role going forward. The longest-serving Celtic was the team’s starting point keeper for most of the 2021-22 season. However, Brogdon has started in every game he has played since the start of the 2018-19 season.

The great Cedric Maxwell sees no problem with that. In fact, he sees Brogdon as an excellent addition to Boston, even if he has to take a backseat to Smart.

“Brogdon, if you think about it, he’s missed a lot of games. But I think in this particular system under Ime, that works for him in Boston,” Maxwell said on NBC Sports Boston on Tuesday Early edition. “I think the culture works for him. I think the possibility of winning a championship will work for him. So I like it when he comes in. He’s a host, he’s a point guard, he can shoot the basketball. I like him in late game situations with his decision making. I think he will come here and understand his role where he will be.

Brogdon, 29, has not played more than 60 games in a season since 2018/19. While injuries remain a concern, Maxwell believes the Celtics’ talent surplus will make things easier for the former Rookie of the Year.

“If you have (Jayson) Tatum, you have (Jaylen) Brown, you have Smart and you have (Al) Horford, you’re going to be a presenter,” Maxwell added. “They don’t ask you to do all those things in Indiana. What I love about him is that he’s a smart player and what he does, he plays the game right. Will he play at full speed all the time? I just don’t think he’s coming with the attitude, that’s my team. I think he will come here with the attitude I will be a helper.

Hear everything Maxwell had to say about the Brogdon deal in the full Early Edition segment below:

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