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The Boston Celtics have acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Juwan Morgan, Malik Fitts, and their 2023 first-round pick on July 1. After the trade was completed, Brogdon took little time to tell Jared Weiss of The Athletic how he felt about his new team.

To make a long story short, he’s stoked to join the reigning Eastern Conference Champions.

“I’m excited, man,” Brogdon told The Athletic. “We have a chance to win the championship, so I’m excited to join the family.”

Brogdon added that he had known the Celtics were interested in acquiring him and even thanked the Pacers for how they handled their situation with him.

“I had heard that Boston was interested over the past few days, but as a player, you don’t know everything that’s going on,” Brogdon told The Athletic. “You just have to sit tight, let your agent work, let your team work and then let the team that wants you, work as well. The Pacers were really good at facilitating a deal and sending me somewhere I could win. I am very much appreciative of how the Pacers have handled everything.”

Brogdon even added that he won’t be looking to put up the best numbers he possibly can as a player because he won’t have to in Boston since the team’s goal is to win it all.

“I’m looking to win a championship, that’s actually it,” Brogdon said. “In the past, I’ve worried about stats and numbers and all that. I’m going to Boston and not worrying about that.”

Brogdon Explains His Fit in Boston

Brogdon opened up on what exactly he brings to the Celtics roster. More specifically, how he fits next to young stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

“If I came in there, I could give them a steady presence and a calm as a ballhandler and facilitator, getting guys like (Jaylen) Brown and (Jayson) Tatum easy shots,” Brogdon told The Athletic. “Just slowing the game down in those moments when we need to get a good shot.”

Finally, Brogdon said that the Celtics have proven they are winners, and he believes he can help the franchise win their 18th championship.

“These guys are proven winners at a championship level,” Brogdon told The Athletic. “I’m hoping to be one of the pieces that can help them get over that hump and win a championship.”

ESPN Analysts Give Their Take on Boston Acquiring Brogdon

After the Brogdon trade was announced, ESPN analysts Tim Bontemps and Brian Windhorst gave their takes on the trade from Boston’s end.

Bontemps said that, in light of how the 2022 NBA Finals turned out, Brogdon helps Boston’s one issue in that series.

“This is a really big all-in move by the Boston Celtics,” Bontemps said. “(He’s) the exact kind of guy that Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka talked about at the end of the season… They needed (him) to take this team to the next level because when you saw in the NBA Finals, when they went up against the Golden State Warriors, they lost that series on offense… Boston could not score in that series. Brad Stevens said at his end-of-season press conference that this team needed that playmaking and having more ball movement out there… He’s a huge pickup for this team.”

Windhorst brought up Brogdon’s red flags in that he has an expensive contract and he is injury-prone.

“Brogdon is owed about $68 million over the next few years. That is why the Pacers were willing to trade him for a low price relatively,” Windhorst said. “He’s had injury problems. He’s averaged about 48 games over the last three seasons… He has foot issues and knee issues. It is a tremendous talent add, but there does come some baggage with him.”

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2 Big-Name Chiefs Bubble Candidates Flop in Preseason Opener

Getty Kansas City Chiefs running back Ronald Jones II on August 13, 2022.

Ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs preseason opener against the Chicago Bears, head coach Andy Reid addressed running back Ronald Jones’ lack of playing time voicing that “he’ll have a chance to play” in the game.

The veteran acquisition appears to have dropped in the pecking order in recent practices and many outside the organization have speculated on whether or not he’ll make the 53-man roster with rookie Isiah Pacheco surging. With tons of depth at running back, Jones could become a trade candidate or an unexpected cut that yields minor cap savings.

Needless to say, Jones was hoping to flip this narrative on August 13 and he did no such thing.

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The Chiefs Wire’s Charles Goldman named several veterans that needed strong performances against the Bears. Jones was one of them.

“During the team’s final training camp practice ahead of preseason Week 1, Jones was relegated to snaps with the third-team offense during team drills,” Goldman explained. “Even working with the third team, Jones’ snaps were about as sparse as they had been all training camp… Basically, it feels like Jones hasn’t made much headway with the coaching staff during training camp. Eric Bieniemy suggested Jones is a good runner, but he doesn’t yet do everything they require of the running back position. Bieniemy said Jones has accepted the challenge of doing things out of his comfort zone, but he needs to keep working at it in practice and throughout the preseason.”

The USA Today beat reporter concluded: “Will Jones’ preseason showcase be about him making his case for the roster or will it be about building value for a potential trade? That remains to be seen.”

In the end, the former Buccaneers ball carrier didn’t accomplish either. His four carries for one yard averaged a pitiful 0.3-yard clip — thank the heavens for that two-yard gainer — and he received zero targets through the air.

My first half takes:

-Josh Gordon & Ronald Jones are not making this team

-Karlaftis has an insane motor

-Mahomes is still the best QB in the NFL

-Pacheco looked to be on a snap count because the Chiefs have big plans for him

-Skyy Moore gets separation almost every play

— Chiefs Outsider – Chris  (@chiefs_outsider) August 13, 2022

Similarly, fallen star Josh Gordon was underwhelming against Chicago. The ex-All-Pro was targeted three times but did not register a catch.

Goldman also included Gordon on his list prior to Saturday’s game: “Gordon is coming off what was a disappointing 2021 NFL season in Kansas City. He finished the year with just a handful of catches on over a dozen targets with 32 receiving yards and a score. The team ultimately opted to elevate Daurice Fountain to the 53-man roster over Gordon in the playoffs because Fountain provided more value on special teams. The Chiefs have a crazy amount of competition at the wide receiver position right now and few spots on the 53-man roster. Gordon hasn’t been getting a ton of repetitions during practice and he knows that the preseason is going to be big for him to show his growth.”

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