According to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon might still harbor some resentment over the team’s unsuccessful attempt to trade him to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Speaking on CLNS Media’s Celtics Beat podcast, Washburn revealed that Brogdon had expressed anger toward the team, saying, “He was not happy in July. Is he equally unhappy in September? We’re uncertain as he hasn’t communicated all summer. … Malcolm Brogdon was displeased with the trade proposal and the idea of being moved. He was quite upset.”
Initially, Boston’s efforts to acquire Kristaps Porziņģis had involved Brogdon being sent to the Los Angeles Clippers. However, the Clippers withdrew from the trade due to reported concerns about the 30-year-old player’s health, particularly after he played through an elbow injury at the end of the previous season.
While the Celtics did eventually acquire Porziņģis, it did not entirely resolve the situation. Head coach Joe Mazzulla acknowledged in July that there was an ongoing process of reconciliation between Brogdon and the team.
This coincided with a July 20 report from Heavy Sports’ Steve Bulpett, in which a source indicated that the Celtics had conveyed to other teams that Brogdon was considered a valuable member of their roster. Consequently, they were not actively seeking to trade him.
Given the departure of Marcus Smart, Brogdon is expected to play a significant role in the team’s backcourt. Ensuring his contentment and full commitment is crucial for Mazzulla and his coaching staff.
Perhaps the 6’5″ guard can seek advice from teammate Jaylen Brown, who has experience in dealing with trade rumors while remaining with the team.