So much for the Trail Blazers shopping point guard Malcolm Brogdon — we think.
All we have to go on is what Brogdon said, and if it’s up to him, he’ll remain in Portland. Brogdon was acquired as part of a trade that sent guard Jrue Holiday from the Bucks (via Damian Lillard) to the Celtics.
As soon as the trade happened, the rumors began to swirl again. This time, the Blazers were reportedly looking to ship out Brogdon as they turn their attention to younger backcourt players such as Anfernee Simons, Shaedon Sharpe and rookie Scoot Henderson.
But forget all that noise, Brogdon suggested.
“They want me here, I want to be here,” he told reporters. “There’s a lot of misleading information out there about they need to trade me or I want to go. … I’m embracing being here.”
One thing Brogdon didn’t say but definitely could have is that younger teams and players need veteran leadership. They need guys who are willing to sacrifice for the good of the team, vets who are willing to help push their teammates.’
Brogdon, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, has always been that guy. So, yeah, the Blazers could do a lot worse than hang onto him. And according to Brogdon, that’s what they intend to do.