Celtics Acquire Gallinari and Trade for Brogdon

Wow. This was a pleasant midday surprise for us Celtics fans. I was content with the Gallinari pickup, but at around 1 pm est, the alert sounded off on our phones that the Celtics will be receiving Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers. My first thought, which I assume is a common one, was asking who we gave up to get him. Here is the trade breakdown:

 Celtics receive

-Malcolm Brogdon 

Pacers receive:

-Daniel Theis

-Aaron Nesmith 

-Nik Stauskas 

-Malik Fitts 

-Juwan Morgan 

-2023 first-round pick

If you had to make a tweak to the Celtics roster after their final run during this offseason what would you do? Personally, I wanted to add a “true point guard” with a high IQ, elite facilitating ability, and solid defense that compliments the stars on the court. Quite honestly, if you asked me to describe Malcolm Brogdon in a few phrases it would be exactly that of what the Celtics could use. I know Marcus Smart did a great job playing that role throughout the playoffs, but this move will take the pressure of having to do so for the entirety of the game off of him. It may be crazy to say, but having Brogdon out there with him might even make him an even better defender the year after winning DPOY. The trade also gives the Celtics roster flexibility depending on who they play that night. Depending on the matchup, they can run a smaller, defensive run and gun lineup. On the flip side, if the matchup favors a bigger lineup, they have the bodies for that too. 

Daniel Theis has shown flashes throughout his Celtics career of being a solid role big man, and I think he will be able to do the same behind Myles Turner on the Pacers. It is also easier to give him up since we are also welcoming Danilo Galliari to the squad which I will touch on below. The obvious downside of the trade if any is giving up that 2023 first-round pick, but it seems reasonable since the Celtics are obviously in a win-now situation. Seeing Nesmith leave is actually a positive to me as someone who wants the best for him. He never really gets a chance in Boston and I believe he will be able to flourish and improve in the right setting. 

The more lowkey move of the day is the acquisition of Danilo Gallinari. The monetary value of the contract is not certain right now but numbers in the range of 6-8 million for a year are floating around out there. If anything, Gallinari will come in and play a role off the bench. Three-point shooting and solid defense off the bench will only improve the depth the Celtics could have used down the stretch.


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