Report: Malcolm Brogdon upset with how Celtics dealt with his injured elbow


“There’s a query of when he could be accessible, how’s he’s accessible.”

Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) dribbles the ball during Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, May 23, 2023, in Miami.
Malcolm Brogdon struggled within the last days of Boston’s playoff run in 2023 resulting from his elbow harm. Wilfredo Lee / AP

The Celtics and reigning Sixth Man of the Yr Malcolm Brogdon could be on shaky phrases getting into the 2023-24 season.

Reviews earlier this week famous that the veteran guard’s relationship with Boston took successful this offseason, particularly after Boston was near dealing him to the Clippers in a three-team commerce that in the end fell by way of.

It’s pure for there to be some unwell will and arduous emotions after recognizing your title in commerce rumors.

However ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne added a brand new wrinkle to the Brogdon saga on Thursday, reporting that his frustration together with his staff has extra to do with how the Celtics dealt with the elbow harm that he performed by way of throughout the 2023 playoffs.

“I don’t assume the unhealthy emotions are over together with him in any commerce discussions,” Shelburne mentioned. “He’s a professional, he is aware of these items occurs, he understood why these discussions are taking place. If something, there’s an expectation these discussions may restart.

“Any time your title is on the market, it’s slightly uncomfortable. I believe a number of this has to do with what’s happening together with his elbow. He had that golfer’s elbow throughout the playoffs. There was some sense he may have to get surgical procedure on it and he didn’t do this. There’s a query of when he could be accessible, how’s he’s accessible. That is what you’re going to pay Joe Mazzulla and Brad Stevens huge cash for. It’s important to mend some fences right here. He’s on the staff and I don’t assume these commerce talks restart anytime quickly.”

Brogdon, who’s underneath contract for the following two seasons, is anticipated to as soon as once more be a key piece off the bench for Boston in 2023-24, serving as the following man up after Derrick White in Boston’s backcourt.

However it stays to be seen what precisely Brogdon’s standing will probably be going into the brand new season, particularly by way of his restoration from that elbow harm.

Despite the fact that Brogdon tried to play by way of the ailment because the playoffs carried on final spring, he was a shell of himself by the top of the Japanese Convention Finals. In Boston’s season-ending Sport 7 loss to the Warmth at TD Backyard, Brogdon was 0-for-3 from the sphere and solely performed 7:05.

Brogdon may not be pleased with the Celtics, nevertheless it doesn’t look like Boston has any curiosity in chopping ties with the proficient guard, particularly with a brand new season simply weeks away. 

“Brogdon and his camp have been quiet this summer time, and members of the Celtics entrance workplace have largely prevented or deflected questions concerning the Sixth Man of the Yr. One thing concerning the state of affairs simply feels barely off,” Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe wrote in his newest pocket book on Thursday. “However the indications I’ve gotten are that the Celtics should not contemplating buying and selling Brogdon any greater than they’re contemplating buying and selling some other participant. 

“His bitter ending to final 12 months apart, it’s price remembering Brogdon’s worth to the Celtics final 12 months. And Good’s departure figures to solely improve his position.”