Indiana Pacers

Report: Pacers trade Brogdon to Celtics

Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) drives on Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dean Wade (32) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 8, 2022. The Cavaliers won 127-124. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana Pacers are trading Malcolm Brodgon, according to ESPN.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Pacers are trading Brogdon to the Boston Celtics.

Wojnarowski said the Pacers are receiving Dnaile Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan and a 2023 first-round draft pick in return.

Brogdon appeared in just 36 games this past season, including just 9 appearances after Christmas as the Pacers traded away starters Caris LeVert and Domantas Sabonis and committed to a long-term roster rebuild.

In 2020-2021 Brogdon posted the finest season of his career, including 21.2 points per game in 56 starts.

Brogdon was dubbed the Pacers point guard of the future alongside shooting guard Victor Oladipo following a trade with Milwaukee ahead of the 2019-2020 season. That deal sent a 2020 first round selection and two future second round selections back to the Bucks, which they used to select R.J. Hampton with the no. 24 overall pick.

Hampton has spent three seasons as a reserve on the Orlando Magic.

In Indiana, Oladipo played just 19 games during the pandemic shortened 2019-2020 season as he continued to recover from a torn quadriceps suffered in January of 2019. The Brogdon-Oladipo pairing never had a chance to mesh, with Oladipo dealt the following season to Houston in a deal that brought Caris LeVert from Brooklyn to Indiana.

Much like Oladipo, injuries for both LeVert and Brogdon didn’t allow for ample time to develop Indiana’s backcourt the past two seasons.

Despite the turmoil, Brogdon earned a two-year, $45 million extension ahead of the 2021-22 season which expires following the 2024-25 season.

The Pacers currently have three first-round picks in the 2023 draft: their own, this pick from the Celtics and a lottery-protected pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers that was received in the Caris LeVert. trade.

Theis, 30, has played most of his career in Boston and also had short stints with Houston and Chicago.

Nesmith was a 2020 first-round pick by the Celtics. He played in 52 games for the Celtics this season, averaging 11 minutes per game.

Stauskas has played on seven teams since being the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Sacramento Kings. He was out of the NBA during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. He played in eight total games last seasons, six with the Celtics and two with the Miami Heat.

Morgan played collegiately at Indiana University. He’s split time between Boston, Utah and Toronto since entering the NBA in 2019. He only played in two games last season.

Fitts. 24, has played for three teams since joining the league in 2020. He played in eight games for Boston and seven games for Utah in the 2020-21 season.