This week a three-team trade between the Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers fell apart.
The deal would have sent Malcolm Brogdon to L.A., Kristaps Porzingis to Boston and spare parts to D.C.
Unfortunately, due to the Clippers’ decision to pull out – the entire proposed traded imploded.
This forced the Celtics to go back to the drawing board and rope in the Memphis Grizzlies into their three-teamer with the Wizards. That led to former Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart needing to be dealt – an outcome Boston obviously would have preferred to avoid.
So why did the Clippers not want Brogdon, who on paper seems to fill a pretty big hole the team has at point guard?
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Brogdon is dealing with a serious health issue.
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“Brogdon has a health issue,” he said. “A health issue that, as I understand, is so significant that not only can the Celtics not do this trade, there’s probably no Malcolm Brogdon trade that they can do in the short term.”
After the Celtics lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, Brogdon revealed that he played through a partially torn tendon and was contemplating having surgery.
It is unclear whether the health issue is related to that or not.
Either way, though – it was deemed significant enough for the Clippers to back out of the trade altogether. And it may now lead to Paul George being traded to one of the two teams that covet him.
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This has been a crazy week so far, and the NBA offseason is just getting started.
What does the future hold for Brogdon and the Celtics? Time will tell.