As the team’s token veteran, Portland Trail Blazers guard Malcolm Brogdon plays a key role.
Brogdon was acquired by the Blazers in an extension of the Damian Lillard trade that brought Jrue Holiday to Portland. Holiday was then dealt to the Boston Celtics for Brogdon, taking him from a contending roster to a rebuilding one. However, he has taken the role as a veteran leader on a losing team with grace and dignity.
“He’s a grownup on the floor and off the floor,” coach Chauncey Billups said after the Blazers beat the Nets on Sunday. “He’s kind of like our voice if you will or one of our leaders that when he talks you listen.
“He’s like an extension of me out there and even in that locker room. He’s just a leader so his presence is felt every day. We’re lucky to have Malcolm.”
On the floor, Brogdon is averaging 15.4 points and 5.4 assists per game, but he probably plays more of an important role off the court. As a team leader, he can mentor the young Blazers in hopes of adding more consistency with the group.
But with the trade deadline coming up and several teams clamoring for his services, the Blazers will have a decision to make.
Do they keep Brogdon for the value he brings both on and off the court? Or do they believe the value of future draft capital and/or young players would outweigh Brogdon?
To lose essentially another coach would be a brutal blow in the short term, but depending on what the Blazers can get for him at the trade deadline, it may be better to take the long term upside.