Indiana’s starting point guard can’t be traded this season.
The Indiana Pacers have secured Malcolm Brogdon to a two-year contract extension worth $45 million that will pay the cerebral guard a total of $89.3 million over the next four years, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Malcolm has established himself as a very important part of our organization, not only with his performance on the court but also by the character he displays beyond it,” Kevin Pritchard said in a statement issued by the team. “He has become one of our undisputed leaders – continually supporting his teammates and setting them up for success – while also demonstrating the drive, dedication, and work ethic necessary to establish himself as one of the premier guards in the NBA.”
Aside from keeping the team’s starting floor general in Indiana through the 2024-25 season, the extension, as noted by ESPN salary cap expert Bobby Marks, also means that Brogdon can’t be traded this season.
Because the contract is for a total of four seasons (the current contract and extension), Brogdon is not allowed to be traded this season. https://t.co/8LF6GoFIUP
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 18, 2021
The Pacers, according to Marc Stein, SNY’s Ian Begley, and Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, were among the teams said to have interest in trading for Ben Simmons, but the Sixers reportedly were “unmoved” by the idea of a package centered around Brogdon and LeVert.
Regardless of the potential motivation for why those reported conversations leaked or whether any such talks ever occurred or advanced to being serious, Brogdon is obviously off the table. None of which is to mention that, while those rumors were circulating, Rick Carlisle went so far as to picture the 28-year-old floor general filling a similar role to one of his former and most well-accomplished players, telling Sirius XM NBA Radio, “(Malcolm Brogdon) will grow into the kind of point guard like Jason Kidd was for us in Dallas.”
“He’s a cerebral player.”
After a few weeks Malcolm Brogdon elicits a Hall of Fame comparison from new Pacers HC Rick Carlisle.
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) October 8, 2021
Beyond the potential trade implications, Brogdon’s ability to dribble, pass, and shoot projects as critical not only for the functioning of a system built around interchangeable team-ball but also for a squad that struggled to crack 30 percent from deep during preseason. Of course, while the new deal — which aligns to that of Carlisle and notably precedes a potential cap spike in the coming seasons — also seems to speak well of his relationship with his new coach, it isn’t without risk, as the methodical driver has missed at least 15 games each of the last two seasons.
That said, while regular season durability certainly can factor in making a push for the playoffs, it’s notable that Brogdon has yet to miss a postseason game, including the play-in tournament, since arriving in Indiana.
Overall, in the wake of what largely was an offseason of uncertainty with rumors swirling even as the core remain unchanged, giving Brogdon more years to his contract at least seems to signal the team’s commitment to him as a long-term piece, independent of whatever other direction they may go in.