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The Fate of Trail Blazers Guard Malcolm Brogdon

Portland has a keeper, but will they keep him?

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No single player outside of perhaps Jerami Grant has had a bigger impact on the start of the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2023-24 season than Malcolm Brogdon. The reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year has become a de facto starter in the absence of super-rookie Scoot Henderson. 17.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game is a stellar stat line, more so when accumulated in just 27.1 minutes per game. Brogdon’s per-minute stats are at near-superstar level, lacking only his customarily excellent field goal percentage to fulfill the designation.

More than that, Brogdon has served as a calming influence for the young Trail Blazers squad. Without him, Portland’s offense has been all over the place. With the ball in Brogdon’s hands, turnovers dissipate and smart passes abound.

Brogdon is literally everything the Blazers could have hoped for in a point guard and more.

As Portland fans know, though, there’s a catch. Brogdon is 31 years old. His $22.5 million per year contract looks very reasonable, given his production, but it only runs through 2025, the summer after this one. His timeline is off compared to the rest of the team. That’s not a crime if the Blazers plan to make a playoffs run this year or next. Their current 4-11 record belies that assumption. Brogdon is fairly expensive to be playing a glorified mentor role. That probably doesn’t fit his long-term aspirations either.

Still, a team in need of talent has got a gem under contract right now. Portland can’t just dismiss Brogdon’s gifts, nor his potential utility in the future. Franchises do not live, or prosper, on 23-year-olds alone.

That brings us to the big question, one we want your opinion on. What should the Blazers do with Malcolm Brogdon? Should they trade him before this year’s deadline while his value is sky high? Do they wait a year to test the waters, hoping for mid-season improvement and another summer to build a viable rotation alongside him? Or does Portland go all-in, pushing for an extension that would keep Brogdon in the fold for practically the rest of his career?

On this day of giving thanks, talk about the things Malcolm Brogdon brings to this team and answer the question for us. What should Portland do with their shining star point guard? Comments are open below.