Malcolm Brogdon will be stepping into a whole new environment when he joins the Celtics this year after spending the last three years with the Pacers. After missing the playoffs the last two seasons, he’s now a part of a team looking to get back to the NBA Finals.
With a new setting comes a new role for Brogdon. Speaking with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod this weekend, Brogdon said his agent spoke with Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens about Brogdon “embracing a sixth man role” with the team.
“I really want to get back to winning on a high level, I want to win a championship,” Brogdon said of his potential new role. “So whatever I can sacrifice to get back to that championship level, I’m willing to do it.”
That will be a change from what Brogdon has been doing in Indiana, where he was a starter and key offensive contributor playing 33 minutes per game. He started all 146 games he played with the Pacers, and hasn’t come off the bench since early in his second season in the NBA, when he was with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2017-2018.
Brogdon also highlighted the Celtics’ pursuit of him as what he sees as a statement about the team’s commitment to improving this season. “I think it really is a testament to the Boston Celtics and how much they want to win,” he noted. “They’re willing to have a guy that they’re paying $20 million per year come off the bench as the 6th man and try to win a championship.”
The Celtics traded Aaron Nesmith, Daniel Theis, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan, and a 2023 first-round pick for Brogdon on July 1. “He is the kind of playmaker, shooter, and impact defender that we need in our continued pursuit of Banner 18,” Stevens said when the deal was made official late last week.