Malcolm Brogdon agrees to two-year, $45 million extension that keeps him in Indy through 2025
Brogdon remains the highest-paid Pacer and he's under contract the next four years, matching coach Rick Carlisle's term.
The Pacers and Malcolm Brogdon are both on the same page when it comes to their desires: stability and comfort. They have that in each other so it was not a surprise when they reached an agreement on an extension that keeps Brogdon under contract for the next four years, through the 2024-25 season.
Monday was a deadline day, the final day for players to sign extensions with their teams before the following offseason. This deal adds two years and $45 million total to Brogdon’s contract, a league source confirms.
He remains the highest-paid player on Indiana’s roster, the only one earning at least $20 million per season. He will be 33 years old in the final year of the deal.
An agreement was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
After having his contract extended, Brogdon is also ineligible to be traded this season. Because his deal is now for four seasons (and not three or less), the Pacers are prohibited from dealing him for six months.
Twitter rumors suggested he was brought up in talks with the 76ers. The reality is, as I’ve reported previously, the Pacers front office checked in about what it would take to acquire three-time All-Star Ben Simmons but those conversations never went anywhere and no formal offer was made, league sources told Fieldhouse Files.
The Pacers prefer to re-sign their own, and it’s one way they can keep talent in Indy. They signed Myles Turner to a rookie extension in 2019, Domantas Sabonis one year later, and would have liked to extend Victor Oladipo’s deal but they understood he had other priorities.
Brogdon now has a coach he likes and respects in Rick Carlisle, and Carlisle has secured his point guard. Both contracts of the University of Virginia graduates align, running through the 2024-25 season. (As does T.J. McConnell’s. He re-signed in the offseason.)
“He’s an experienced winner at the highest level, a championship level,” Brogdon said of Carlisle, his fourth coach in four seasons.
Brogdon led the team in scoring last season — averaging 21.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He shot 38.8 percent from range and is consistently among the best free throw shooters on the team.
“I know my team relies on me to make the play,” Brogdon said in 2019, his first year as a Pacer. “Not necessarily score the ball at the end, but to be the guy with the ball in my hands that makes the right decision. If you need to take the big shot, I’m a guy that always wants to take a big shot.”
That remains unchanged. He sees himself as a leader, and acts as one. And he’s one of nine current players serving on the executive committee of the players association.
It was Brogdon, 28, who organized a mini-camp for players in late July that I first told you about.
It was Brogdon who insisted that all the players arrive to Indy early before training camp. All 20 guys arrived one week early, most were in at least two weeks beforehand.
It was Brogdon who spoke up and led the way during a community event last week at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.
And it is Brogdon who already has planned team bonding events, like dinners on the road to start the season. Twelve of their first 19 games are on the road.