The Celtics will enter the 2023-24 NBA campaign with one goal in mind: winning a championship. Despite a stellar regular season, they fell short of their goal last year, losing in the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth time in the last seven seasons.
General manager Brad Stevens spent the offseason retooling the roster, hoping to end his team’s title drought. New faces like Kristaps Porzingis, Dalano Banton and Jordan Walsh have been brought in while former favorites like Marcus Smart and Grant Williams are no longer around.
Although the team’s 2023-24 roster is pretty much set, things can change throughout the season. Players who feel comfortable in Boston right now might be suiting up in a different jersey just a few months into the year.
Here’s a look at three Celtics who won’t be in Boston before the upcoming season ends.
Celtics Trade Candidates
1. Malcolm Brogdon
Boston was ready to say goodbye to Malcolm Brogdon this offseason.
The Celtics reportedly attempted to use him as a trade chip in a deal for Porzingis, but the LA Clippers — who were going to be the third team — pulled out due to health concerns surrounding Brogdon, per ESPN‘s Brian Windhorst.
Brogdon dealt with a forearm injury throughout the playoffs, leaving interested suitors concerned if he can bounce back. Windhorst added that the injury makes a “short-term” deal impossible, but that doesn’t mean the veteran guard will survive the season in Boston.
Assuming that he proves that he’s healthy at the beginning of the year, teams will eventually call the Celtics.
Even though Brogdon’s coming off a down year, he’s still a proven veteran with 400 games of experience and has averaged 15.4 points (on 46.7% shooting), 4.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds over his career.
Brogdon is also attractive to opposing contenders since he has some control left on his contract. He’s due $22.5 million in each of the next two years (per Spotrac), which is affordable for a starting guard/reigning Sixth Man of the Year.
If the offer is good enough, look for Boston to move on from Brogdon.