Trade Complete: Celtics Pick Up Playmaker From Pacers

The Boston Celtics have found the playmaker they were looking for, acquiring Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers for...well, more players than you can shake a stick at. Plus a first-rounder. And big-time cap space for Indiana.

The Celts send Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts and Juwan Morgan along with the 2023 first-rounder. It's a win for Boston, to acquire a true playmaker without losing any of their core rotation players. 

From Indiana's perspective, ESPN's Front Office Insider Bobby Marks notes that the Pacers have just opened up the ability to bring in a free agent on a max contract. They are now a projected $31M below the salary cap.

Deandre Ayton, anyone?

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