Boston Celtics Rumors: 2 guards the team should trade for right now

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Boston Celtics trade target No. 1: Malcolm Brogdon

Whereas the Jazz might want to trade Conley, the Indiana Pacers are known to be looking to offload Malcolm Brogdon this offseason. As the Pacers seemingly head into a rebuild, and Brogdon heads into the final year of his deal, it makes sense that they are looking to trade him while they can, and he would be the perfect fit for Boston.

Brogdon is the definition of an all-around guard. He can score, he can pass, he can rebound, and he can defend. While he’s struggled to get any sort of continuity during his time in Indiana, Brogdon has still excelled. His per game averages (19.1 PPG, 5.9 APG, 5.1 RPG) show how much of an impact he had on a subpar Pacers squad.

The Celtics are looking for someone of Brogdon’s caliber to come in and help open up their offense. He’s a skilled scorer at all three levels of the floor, and he’s adept at hitting his open teammates. He’s coming off the worst three point shooting year of his career admittedly (just 31.2 percent) but chances are that would bounce back up playing alongside talented guys such as Tatum and Brown.

Brogdon also fits Boston’s timeline better than Conley would. Conley will be 35 by the time next season starts, whereas Brogdon will be 29. He also will need a new deal, so by extending him, the Celtics would be keeping another one of their key pieces with the team for the foreseeable future.

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Brogdon is probably a better player than Conley right now, but Indiana wants to get rid of him, which may decrease the return for him. Picks and prospects may do here, and Brogdon could come in and be an offensive specialist for the Boston Celtics. So while the Celtics probably won’t draw any headlines for their selection at pick #53, keep an eye out for any potential trades they may make at the draft tomorrow night.