Clippers three-team trade talks that would bring them guard Malcolm Brogdon fall apart

Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon dribbles against the Miami Heat on May 23, 2023, in Miami.
Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon dribbles against the Miami Heat in a playoff game on May 23 in Miami.
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Trade discussions between Boston, Washington and the Clippers that would have netted Los Angeles guard Malcolm Brogdon fell apart late Wednesday.

In the initial framework of the deal, Washington forward Kristaps Porzingis would have opted into the final year of his contract as a prelude to being traded to Boston. The Celtics would have sent Danilo Gallinari to Washington and Brogdon, the 30-year-old former rookie of the year valued for his savvy but with a history of injuries, to the Clippers.

For their part, the Clippers had discussed trading Marcus Morris Sr., the former starting forward who lost his place in the rotation late in the season, promising but little-used forward Amir Coffey and the 30th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to the Wizards. Those talks never finalized into a completed deal, however. ESPN was first to report the deal was off, and a person not authorized to speak publicly on the discussions later confirmed the talks had fallen apart.


Brogdon, 30, played 26 minutes off the bench for Boston while averaging 14.9 points, 4.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds. He also represented an injury risk to a team riddled by injuries. Brogdon missed 46 games in 2021-22 and 15 this past season, including playing through a reportedly partially torn tendon in his right arm during the postseason. After Boston’s season ended in the Eastern Conference Finals, Brogdon said he was considering undergoing offseason surgery on his right elbow.

For now, the Clippers still own the 30th and 48th picks in Thursday’s draft.

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June 20, 2023