New Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon is comfortable with the idea of playing a sixth man role for his new team as Marcus Smart retains the starting point guard job. As Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe writes, Brogdon is also confident that the two guards will complement one another well when they share the floor.
“I think we have different strengths,” Brogdon said. “He’s an All-Defensive player and Defensive Player of the Year, and he’s incredible in that facet, but I also think he contributes offensively. You’ve seen his game grow and seen him be able to knock down shots and create for his teammates.
“And we both can play on and off the ball. That’s the beauty of us. We’re smart, we have high IQs, and we’re unselfish, so I think it’s going to work well.”
Here’s more on the Celtics:
- Although they were once viewed as a serious suitor for Kevin Durant, the Celtics never came “remotely close” to actually acquiring the former MVP, according to Himmelsbach, who heard from league sources that the Nets never pushed particularly hard to trade Durant.
- Jared Weiss of The Athletic considers possible trade options the Celtics could explore with Danilo Gallinari expected to miss most or all of the 2022/23 season, suggesting that Derrick White could potentially become a trade chip if Brogdon is healthy and effective. However, Weiss notes that Gallinari was more of a luxury than a necessity, meaning the team won’t feel urgency to go out and acquire a replacement.
- In his latest mailbag, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston discusses Sam Hauser‘s role, the battle for back-end roster spots, and expectations for Payton Pritchard, among other Celtics-related topics.
18 thoughts on “Celtics Notes: Brogdon, Smart, Durant, White”
Smh this boy Luka is absolutely FOOLIN vs France rn… 22pts for the boy already & were just a couple mins into the 2nd qtr
This game gettin extremely spicy down the stretch of the 1st half. Luka is up to 27ptsbut has also picked up a tech for giving the refs too much convo & just caught a nasty elbow from Vinny Poirier that has opened up a fairly substantial cut on the side of his face. Tight game, France down 2 under a min to go in the half
Luka stitched up & ready to go for the 2nd half. He’s on pace for 50 & they’re probably gonna need all 50 bc their 2nd best player, Mike Tobey, isn’t playing today & Fournier/Yabusele/Gobert have more than enough firepower to overcome this lil 4pt deficit
I have been seriously getting into Eurobasket. Love the shade on Dragic.
Nice seeing Lithuania advance, purely because their fans are so rabid.
Man this is some great shxt fr… especially this game right here… Luka vs Gobert in this 3rd qtr is just great shxt. They Lithuania game was good too. Fr I like their team alot but I wish they had pg play. I could see them pulling an upset & maybe even gettin a medal… lol tbh Goran hasn’t even been the best Dragic in most of these games, including today. His bro been outplaying him, amongst others. He def hasn’t been the best lefty, former Pho Suns pg out there today bc Elie Okobo been outplaying him too lol
Goran actually been playing much better late in the 3rd & here early in the 4th. He just got called for a terrible charge tho. Slovenia up 1 w/ 7:15 left
Make that Slovenia up 4 after yet another 3pt play by Luka… he has something like 42 w/ 7mins left smh
France melting rn. Dragic just took it right to Okobo & buried a baseline j. The French coach picked up a tech arguing that Dragic traveled on the play. Lead up to 10 w/ 5mins left
smh Dragic just pulled a Draymond & kicked Rudy “below the belt”. Rudy missed the tech ft but France has all the momentum…. omg Rudy just dunked on Luka & destroyed his soul… 4pt Slovenia lead w/ 3mins left
Huge trey by Tommy Huertel cuts the lead down to 1 w/ just under 3mins to go… but that dunk by Rudy tho ugggghhhhhh
1 thing remains constant throughout.. nobody on this French team can guard Luka. He’s up to 47. But a 3pt play by Fournier ties it up with 2mins to go
Dam ever since I said Okobo was outplaying Goran he’s been absolutely schooling his former teammate. A rip & lay gave Slovenia the lead & a smooth j from Nuggets bench warmer Vlatko Cancar pushes it to 4 under a min left
What a game. A ridiculous 47 from Luka but tbh it was largely Dragic (the NBA 1) that carried them to victory. He did it by scoring on all 3 levels & he did it defensively by forcing numerous turnovers & completely shutting down Elie Okobo in the 4th
Luka Magic link to twitter.com
That’s the guy he reminds me of the most (along with Harden) tbh… link to m.youtube.com
Losing Gallinari has to sting. Hopefully he’s back for playoffs. I thought he was a great pickup. Another who I think would fit in with Celts. Is Rudy Gay. They should look into it.
And the very day White got traded would be the day Brogdon breaks beyond repair
Keep White, he’s valuable. Not a huge fan of the move, if they do it, adding Melo. Same player as DG, but would rather see Hauser take the role.