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Malcolm Brogdon shockingly traded to Celtics

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A wild NBA offseason just keeps getting crazier. The Indiana Pacers have shockingly traded guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Boston Celtics, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Per Wojnarowski, the Celtics are sending Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith and a 2023 first-round pick for Brogdon. Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts and Juwan Morgan are also headed to Indiana. A six-year veteran, Brogdon is coming off of a bit of a down year after a breakout campaign in the 2020-21 season.

The 29-year-old averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game in 36 starts for the Pacers. Brogdon dealt with an Achilles injury last season- and has certainly been an injury risk throughout his career, having yet to appear in all 82 games.

Still, Boston was reportedly in the market for another playmaking guard- and Brogdon fits the bill as someone who can score off the ball and create for others with the ball in his hands.

It’s another nice get for Boston, who is fresh off of an NBA Finals run. Earlier on Friday, the Celtics added forward Danilo Gallinari, who was waived by the San Antonio Spurs after his trade to the Atlanta Hawks.

Brogdon is due to be paid $22.6 million in 2022-23. The Pacers stand to save a significant amount of money in the deal, dropping to 31 million below the salary cap, per Bobby Marks of ESPN. They’ll also add an extra first-round pick in next year’s draft.