Malcolm Brogdon Trade Rumors Are Heating Up

The Trail Blazers could be looking to move Brogdon before the draft.
Jan 23, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Malcolm Brogdon (11) looks
Jan 23, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Malcolm Brogdon (11) looks / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Malcolm Brogdon could soon be on the move. On Monday, a report from Michael Scotto of HoopsHype claimed "rival executives" are monitoring the veteran guard's availability heading into the 2024 NBA draft. He could become available as it approaches.

The Boston Celtics traded Brogdon to the Portland Trail Blazers before the 2023-24 season as part of the Jrue Holiday deal. He dealt with an elbow injury during his first campaign in the City of Roses but was still productive. The 31-year-old played in 39 games and finished the season averaging 15.7 points, 5.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per contest.

The veteran guard is entering the final season of his contract and is owed $22.5 million next season. The Trail Blazers likely want to get what they can for him now. Moving Brogdon would also help them open more opportunities for young guards Scoot Henderson, Anfernee Simons and Shaedon Sharpe. Henderson, the No. 2 pick from the 2023 NBA draft, just wrapped up a solid rookie season in which he averaged 14.0 points, 5.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per night. He's ready to take the next step.

Brogdon is an experienced, respected veteran guard on an expiring contract. He was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2023 and can have a big impact on games when he's on the court. Brogdon is also a career 39.1% shooter from beyond the arc and hit 41.2% of his shots during the 2023-24 season. He's the the kind of player contenders look to add.

Portland landed the seventh pick in the 2024 draft during the lottery, while also owning the 14th pick, and having four selections in the top 40. Scotto thinks the Trail Blazers could be looking for another first-rounder in exchange for Brogdon.

Trade rumors always heat up around the NBA draft and it looks like Brogdon's name is likely to be a popular one until the big night on June 26.


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Ryan Phillips is a Senior Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Ryan has worked in digital media since 2009, spending eight years at The Big Lead before joining the SI team in 2024. He also co-hosts The Assembly Call Podcast about Indiana Hoosiers basketball and previously worked at Bleacher Report. Ryan is a proud San Diego native and a graduate of Indiana University’s journalism school.