NBA exec predicts Malcolm Brogdon will make Celtics ‘a lot better’

The Boston Celtics did not sit back this offseason and be content with last season’s accomplishments.

Instead, president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and his staff have been aggressive in looking for ways to upgrade a roster that went to the 2022 NBA Finals but came up a bit short against the Golden State Warriors.

Two of the major moves were trading to form Rookie of the Year winner Malcolm Brogdon in a deal with the Indiana Pacers and acquiring veteran forward Danilo Gallinari via free agency.

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The addition of Brogdon gives the Celtics another quality scorer off the bench, an above average perimeter defender and a strong playmaker.

One NBA executive is particularly bullish on Brogdon’s ability to improve the Celtics next season.

“He will. He’ll be good for them,” the exec told Heavy.com’s Steve Bulpett. “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 p***es me off.”

The key for Brogdon is staying healthy. Durability has been an issue for him throughout his career, including last season when he played in just 36 of the Pacers’ 82 regular season games. The 29-year-old veteran has not played more than 64 games in a single season since 2016-17. Expect the Celtics to manage Brodgon’s workload throughout the season.

Brogdon and Gallinari joining the Celtics gives head coach Ime Udoka much more depth, especially offensively, which was a weakness the team couldn’t overcome in the Finals. They needed another scorer when Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were struggling or getting a breather. They got secondary scoring in spurts, but the production wasn’t consistent enough over the six-game series.

Udoka should have no shortage of options next season. It’s hard to find a team with more versatility than the Celtics right now.

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