On Wednesday evening, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Buddy Hield and the Indiana Pacers would explore avenues for the sharpshooter to be traded. In response, Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway listed a few teams, including the Boston Celtics as top landing spots for Hield.
In order to land the former Oklahoma standout, the Cs would have to get the Pacers to agree to a trade. Conway floated the idea of Boston including Malcolm Brogdon in a potential deal for Hield.
“Brogdon-for-Hield is an imperfect solution, but it may be the only one Boston has before the start of the regular season,” Conway wrote. “It’s likely Brogdon will show up to camp and be the good soldier despite his frustrations; I’m just not sure it matters. He’s a grumbling sixth man who doesn’t shift the needle when it counts.”
No, stop trying to make Malcolm Brogdon trades happen (looking at you over there, Bleacher Report, with your all-new streaming deal).
Although there have been rumblings that Brogdon isn’t pleased with the Celtics, nothing has been reported yet and he hasn’t spoken to the media officially.
Sure, I wouldn’t be thrilled if I was nearly traded, but it’s not like there isn’t an opportunity in Boston for him to contribute to a winning team.
Plus, the Celtics don’t really have grounds to offload the reigning Sixth Man of the Year at this point. Marcus Smart is gone. If they were to trade away Brogdon too, they’d be stretching themselves pretty thin at the point guard spot.
Meanwhile, they’d be overstocked at the wing spot off of the bench. Hield would join Oshae Brissett, Sam Hauser, Jordan Walsh, Dalano Banton, and Svi Mykhailiuk as part of Boston’s reserves.
There’s no reason for the Celtics to overload their depth unless Brogdon is truly unhappy. Again, that’s something that hasn’t been officially reported — just heavily rumored.