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Report: Celtics ‘shutting down’ Malcolm Brogdon trade talks

It looks as if veteran guard Malcolm Brogdon will remain a member of the Boston Celtics for the foreseeable future. According to Heavy’s Steve Bulpett, rival teams around the NBA have been unable to gain any meaningful traction in trying to engage the Celtics regarding a possible trade for the 2023 Sixth Man of the Year. Although this comes just a few weeks after Brogdon was nearly sent to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of Boston’s pursuit of Kristaps Porzingis, it may not be a surprising development.

Brogdon dealt with an injured tendon in his elbow during this postseason, and was plainly not the same reliable offensive force he had been during the regular season. Brogdon shot 44.4% on 3-pointers during the ’22-23 campaign, providing 14.9 points and 3.7 assists in a bench role before a disappointing playoffs run.

With Marcus Smart headed to the Memphis Grizzlies, however, it is possible the Celtics hold Brogdon’s offensive impact in even higher regards regardless of a lukewarm postseason. Likewise, Brogdon’s $22.5 million salary next year represents a major chunk of change for any potential seismic deals Celtics president Brad Stevens may have up his sleeve. Either way, Boston doesn’t appear to be humoring Brogdon trade chatter at the moment.

“We asked about him and we were told he’s a valued member of their team,” a source told Heavy. “They said he’s a valued member of their team, and that’s where it ended.”

“I don’t know if that changes down the line, but we didn’t get anywhere. And I’m pretty sure we aren’t the only team that got that response.”

Brogdon’s health is still a lingering concern, perhaps complicating his perceived trade value. Neither he nor the team have ruled out surgery to repair his injured arm. Regardless, a healthy Brogdon can and should still be a major contributor for the Celtics next season.

In fact, Bulpett reported Brogdon’s appearance in trade rumors in the first place was more about fixing Boston’s frontcourt than anything else. With a bevy of extra guards, the Celtics were prepared to make a difficult change.

“They didn’t want to move him in the first place,” one source told Heavy. “They really like Malcolm. But they had to balance out their roster.”

Boston remains poised to make a major trade if the right deal materializes, and Brogdon’s salary makes him an obvious piece to help facilitate said trade. Beyond fireworks, however, it seems increasingly likely Malcolm Brogdon will remain a member of the Boston Celtics moving forward.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire