Celtics become 2023 NBA title favorites after Malcolm Brogdon trade



Count the punters among those impressed with the Celtics’ trade for Malcolm Brogdon.

Boston is also the reported landing spot for Danilo Gallinari once he is bought out by the Spurs and clears waivers. But after Brogdon’s acquisition, FanDuel Sportsbook’s made the Celtics the clear favorite to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2023.

Of course, if the Suns trade a trade to pair Kevin Durant with Devin Booker and Chris Paul, that could tip the scales in their favor. But at this all-too-early stage, even in a league where free agency moves at a rapid pace, Boston has a strong case for having the best offseason yet.

The Celtics probably aren’t done adding either. They traded backup center Daniel Theis in the deal for Brogdon, pointing more to Boston by adding a backup center.

As Stevens looks to improve the team’s depth at center, the Celtics are reportedly targeting Thomas Bryant, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

And while they will add Gallinari with the mid-level taxpayer exception, joining a title contender, favorites in the eyes of FanDuel Sportsbook right now, is something many veterans who sign for the minimum veteran figure will find. attractive.

The Celtics also have eight trade exceptions, including the largest in the NBA, a $17.1 million TPE created as part of the signing and trade that sent Evan Fournier to the Knicks. That might not be used after the acquisition of Brogdon, who has an expiring contract of $22.6 million. But they still have tools to continue to strengthen their rotation.

Scroll to continue

Further reading

Celtics meet multiple needs with Malcolm Brogdon Trade

Danilo Gallinari reportedly preferred to join Celtics after getting waivers

Celtics make a run for center Thomas Bryant

Should the Celtics trade Jaylen Brown for Kevin Durant?

Potential Celtics targets with mid-tier taxpayer exception

Exploring who the Celtics could sue with their $17.1 million trade exception

As Celtics strive to reach Banner 18, Brad Stevens is looking for players who will build on the foundation laid last year