After a three-team deal that would have sent Malcolm Brogdon to Los Angeles fell through in June, the Clippers have continued to engage the Celtics in trade discussions for the veteran guard throughout the offseason, league sources tell Jared Weiss of The Athletic.
Weiss’ report comes within an article exploring whether it might be possible for the Celtics to obtain trade candidate Jrue Holiday. As Weiss writes, Brogdon would almost certainly have to be included in a deal for Holiday, and the Clippers are the one team known to have serious interest.
However, the Clippers may be more inclined to make a play for Holiday themselves – or to try to work out a three-team trade with the Sixers involving James Harden – than they would be to participate in a multi-team deal that sends Holiday to Boston and Brogdon to Los Angeles. As Weiss notes, adhering to the new salary-matching rules will also be a challenge for the Celtics if they pursue Holiday, since they can’t take back more than 110% (plus $250K) of their outgoing total.
Here’s more out of Boston:
- Multiple executives and coaches who spoke to Steve Bulpett of Heavy.com about the Brogdon situation believe that being honest and transparent with the 30-year-old will be crucial if he remains on the roster and there are fences in need of mending. “The one thing that characterizes (Brogdon) more than anything is his intelligence, his intellect,” one front office source told Bulpett. “If you appeal to him on that basis, if you appeal to his rationality, then he’ll understand. I have no doubt that (president of basketball operations Brad) Stevens will handle this the right way — and he has to, because Boston needs Brogdon even more than they did last year.”
- Kristaps Porzingis took part on Wednesday in his first scrimmage since he was shut down due to the plantar fasciitis in his foot, a source tells Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe (Twitter link). According to Himmelsbach, Porzingis looked good and didn’t experience any setbacks.
- Jared Weiss of The Athletic outlines the effect that the offseason departures of Marcus Smart and Grant Williams will have on the Celtics’ toughness and defense, and considers how the team might try to fill that void.