Celtics’ Malcolm Brogdon trade earns raves and A’s from NBA media

Brad Stevens is heading for the roll of honor.

Celtics deal for Malcolm Brogdon gets high marks from outlets reviewing trades The Pacers get mostly good reviews too.

Here’s a sample:


Celtics Class: A-

Summary: For the Celtics to end up at Brogdon weeks after losing the NBA Finals – and without giving up any of their top eight players in the playoff minutes – is an incredible result.

Later, there are some concerns that Celtics ownership will pull back spending after the excitement of a surprise final run has died down, and the addition of Brogdon shuts out other options for the team – especially when its commercial value suffers in his 30s. Nonetheless, Boston’s title window is now open and the addition of Brogdon improves the odds of Boston hanging an 18th banner in the TD Garden.

Pacer grade: B

Summary:After the New York Knicks (Jalen Brunson) and Washington Wizards (Monte Morris) filled their need for starting point guards, the market for Brogdon certainly shrank significantly. While this deal doesn’t deliver the kind of draft-pick compensation the Pacers were probably hoping for, I understand Brogdon gets value while it’s there.

sports illustrated

Celtics Class: A

Synopsis: “To ensure their final run was no fluke and that a lack of playmaking wouldn’t bite them again when it came down to it, the Celtics bought Malcolm Brogdon, rumored to be the best point guard on the commercial market. It’s an ideal addition for a team that wanted more attacking power without sacrificing anything on defense (their great strength and underlying identity).”

Pacers class: C+


Celtics class: A-

Summary: The fact that the Celtics were able to sign two seasoned veterans in Brogdon (29) and Gallinari (33) without having to part with one of their core assets is a major coup for them. They already seem to be deeper – and possibly better – than last season.

This is one of those deals that makes sense for both teams and that both sides could feel good about. The Celtics can bolster their roster, which is now clearly focused on winning, while the Pacers add a valuable advantage as they seek to re-establish themselves as a contender in the Eastern Conference.

That move is a no-brainer for the Celtics, who are getting a legitimate playoff rotation piece in exchange for proverbial pennies at Brogdon. They won’t miss any of the players they traded, and while no team likes to part with first-round picks, these are the types of moves competing teams need to make to improve. It’s not like there will be too many choices anyway.”

Pacers class: B-

summary: From the Pacers’ point of view, the move is prudent. They’re not positioned to really compete, so they’re getting a first-round player back in exchange for a veteran player who probably didn’t have a long-term future with the franchise.

Bleacher report

Celtics class: A

summary: In his three seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Brogdon averaged 6.3 assists and 1.9 threes while shooting 35.2 percent from threes.

His willingness to move the ball and ability to spread the ground make him a seamless complement. The potential problem, of course, is its availability (or lack thereof). He has averaged fewer than 50 games per season with Indiana.

But for two rim rotation players, three wild cards and a first-round pick that’s in the 20s, Brogdon is worth the risk.”

Pacer Class: B+

The Pacers, meanwhile, have likely been scouring the league for the best deals on Brogdon. If this is the best they can get, great. Waiting for the trading deadline could have helped, but it could also have backfired.


Yahoo didn’t do trade grades, just winners and losers from the early days of free agency. Losers included “Fringe Eastern Conference competitors” because:

After enduring the first night of free agency, Celtics manager Brad Stevens quickly signed veteran sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari for the mid-level taxpayer exception, trading Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith and their 2023 first-round draft pick to the Indiana Pacers against former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon.

Within hours of Friday, Stevens addressed two of the depth issues that cost Boston a title last season. Gallinari is a big wing who can ease the pressure on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in the regular season and save their energy for the playoffs, and Brogdon can lead the offense when his teammates die on the vine and commit turnover after turnover . Both Gallinari and Brogdon can also put out the lights, making 38% of their 9.3 combined 3-point attempts per game combined over the course of their careers.

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