New Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon was not a free agent last season, but he was given the opportunity to choose his next team.
As Brogdon mentioned earlier in training camp, the Pacers let him choose his new home before trading him. In a recent interview with SiriusXM, Brogdon shared which teams he chose between.
“At the end of the day, we knew there was Boston, we knew Toronto and we knew [Washington]Brogdon said. “DC went down after the draft because they were thinking about trading that 10th pick for me. Toronto and Boston appeared. We had a choice to move on – there wasn’t an offer on the table from either of them yet, but the Pacers came to me and said we could move on either of them and who would I prefer? I choose Boston.”
After Brogdon told the Pacers that his best option was to go to the Celtics, things seemed to move quickly. The two teams agreed to a trade on July 1, the first full day of the offseason. Boston sent Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskus, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan and a 2023 first-round pick to Indiana for a quarterback.
Brogdon was clearly happy to end up at his desired destination, choosing the Celtics over the Raptors as they were just a few wins away from winning the NBA title.
“I thought this team improved,” Brogdon said. “They have a superstar in Jayson Tatum and probably another superstar in Jaylen Brown. I thought it would be a great fit for me because I wanted to win right away.”
Two games into Brogdon’s tryout run with the Celtics, things have been going extremely well for him and the team. Brogdon has 18 assists in the two preseason games he’s played, proving he’s a perfect fit in his new role off the bench, where he’s expected to play when the regular season begins against the 76ers on Tuesday.
Even though Brogdon will come off the bench, that doesn’t mean he won’t get minutes among the starters. For example, in the preseason game against the Raptors, he played the last minutes of the first half with the starting line-up instead of Derrick White. Boston scored 14 points in that four-plus minute stretch, and Brogdon dished out a pair of assists to help create off the ball alongside Tatum, Brown and Marcus Smart.
In an interview with Chis Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston, Brogdon explained why he has already accepted his new role.
“It was really important to me because I wanted to send a message to the guys on this team that regardless of what I did at Indiana, I’m willing to sacrifice to win to be a part of what you guys are doing. It’s not about me, it’s about the team,” Brogdon said. “So I wanted the guys to know, openly and directly, that I’m in it for the team, even if I play a smaller role here than anywhere else.”
As things seem to be going smoothly for him in his new home already, Brogdon also appreciated what his old home did for him.
“I had an opportunity to come over from the Pacers,” Brogdon said. “They’ve been great with me, letting me have a say in my transition, where I’d go based on interest.”
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