The Boston Celtics have already been quite active this offseason. They began by signing Italy forward Danilo Gallinari and followed with a blockbuster trade. Boston acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers and sent on five players.
They sent off Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan and Daniel Theis. The latter of those five was on a trip with the Celtics. Theis spent the first three and a half years of his career in Boston before leaving and coming back last season.
Notably, Boston point guard Marcus Smart sent him a message upon his departure, which marked the second time he had been traded by the Celtics. While his farewell tweet mentioned all of his teammates, Theis received a special message.
“I wish my teammates Aaron, Malik, Nik and Juwan all the best. They made it every day and that’s why they’re winners! And ya ya ya, @dtheis10 you still can’t beat me at a deck of cards. Be really great as always. Always famous”, Smart tweeted.
Smart and Theis were clearly good friends as he chose to poke fun at his former teammate as soon as it was dealt. But while he’s sad to see Theis go, Smart is also delighted to see Brogdon join the squad.
Smart shows Brogdon Love
Boston’s trade for Brogdon came as a shock, but it’s a move that should help them fight for an NBA championship next season. And according to Smart’s message to Brogdon (and Gallinari), that’s the only thing he’s focused on.
Despite only appearing in 36 games last season, Brogdon averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists on 44.8% shots from the field and 31.2% behind three-pointers -Line.
And based on his tweet after announcing the move, Brogdon shares the same goal as Smart. He’s focused on winning a title. He tweeted “One Goal” with a picture of him in front of some Celtics Championship banners.
While many Celtics fans were quick to pit Smart and Brogdon against each other and proclaim Brogdon as the replacement, reports quickly ended those talks.
Brogdon’s role at Celtics revealed
After Brogdon was traded to Boston, many believed he would take over as launch point guard. However, according to the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy, the Celtics plan to keep Smart as a starting point guard and use Brogdon as a sixth man.
“According to the source – C’s aim is to continue with a line-up that doubles and that Malcolm Brogdon is seen as the sixth man behind Marcus Smart.” Murphy tweeted.
As Boston’s starting point guard last season, Smart helped lead them to their first NBA Finals since 2010. He also won the Defensive Player of the Year Award and was named to the All-Defensive First Team.
Smart and Brogdon should complement each other well and it looks like they’re both looking forward to playing alongside each other. (Even if Smart is sad that Theis is gone.)
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