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‘He’ll be good for them’: East exec weighs Boston Celtics acquisition of Malcolm Brogdon

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Following a fruitful 2021-2022 run, the Boston Celtics made a huge splash in the offseason and gained Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers.

As such, an anonymous Eastern Conference executive revealed his sentiments on Steve Bulpett of Heavy.com regarding the acquisition, noting that the veteran will greatly help the Celtics which “pissess” him off.

“He will [help them]. He’ll be good for them,” the official said. “Going to Boston, with strong people around him, unfortunately, yes, he’ll be good for them. I think he’s going to make them a lot better—which pisses me off.”

Another staff from the same conference gave insights on how Boston climbed up towards supremacy and became an East powerhouse last campaign.

The Cs began their season with a rubbish 18-21 record, but turned the tables around and had a 51-31 finish at the conclusion of the regular basketball year. They swept the embattled Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets in first round, ousted the former champ Milwaukee Bucks in a grueling seven-game East Semis war, and trampled the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals.

They reached the Final stage for the first time since 2010, as they only came up short against the battle-tested Golden State Warriors in six.

“We knew Boston had talent going into last year, but we weren’t really looking at them as contending to get to the Finals,” said another executive. “I don’t think anyone really was. When you saw Milwaukee and Brooklyn and Philadelphia, although they had the (Ben) Simmons question, people weren’t really worried about them (Celtics). But after how Boston got it together and got to the Finals, we’re all looking at them now — and they got better. A lot better. They got a shooter (Gallinari) and they got a guard who can be solid on both ends and can go for a big number offensively in the right situation.”

With the arrival of Brogdon, the Celtics finally solved their playmaking woes – which gives reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart a huge relief to focus on defending the opposing backcourt.

But his availability remains a focal concern, which made him finally adjust and shoe in for a Sixth Man role – a tremendous factor that may help the club to finally be back again in the title round and clinch that elusive 18th banner.

Due to his sore right Achilles, the 29-year-old was forced to sit down and only play a career-low 36 games last season. Nevertheless, he still managed to pull off a 19.1 points average to go with 5.9 assists, 5.1 boards in 44.8 percent shooting.

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