It appears that former Boston Celtics lottery pick Aaron Nesmith has kept some of the 2022 receipts. On October 29, Nesmith responded to a joke in the 2022 Bleacher Report that suggested the Celtics had metaphorically traded next to nothing with the Indiana Pacers – a trade he was also involved in – for Malcolm Brogdon.
Nesmith sarcastically responded with “S*** aged, right?” on his Instagram Story, which was summarized by Pacers beat reporter Alex Golden. via his X account.
Nesmith made the announcement after a game-changing performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 28th. The fourth-year winger scored 26 points, thanks in part to hitting five three-pointers and grabbing nine rebounds. His performance helped the Pacers beat their division rival 125 to 113.
Aaron Nesmith flashed during his time with the Celtics, but a second-year slump saw him sit on the bench for most of the 2021-22 season. Since the Celtics wanted to capitalize on their run to the NBA Finals, they traded Nesmith for Brogdon in the hopes that Brogdon would help them more.
Nesmith too signed a three-year, $33 million extension on October 23. Performances like this prove that the Pacers were right to sign him long-term and that they may have extended him at a discount.
Oshae Brissett talks Celtics debut
Nesmith’s former teammate Oshae Brissett didn’t make a splash, but his impact on the Celtics’ game against the Miami Heat on October 27 was felt. In 14 minutes, Brissett recorded a plus/minus of plus seven.
After the game, Brissett explained that his performance reflects the way he acts when he takes the floor.
“That’s who I am as a player,” Brissett told reporters. per CLNS Media Boston Sports Network. “I’m going to try to do that every night, no matter who we play, no matter what night it is. But we have real stars on this team. So I come in and just be myself and don’t try to do too much. I’m not trying to prove that I can do anything else, even though everyone knows I can.”
Brissett’s energy could pave the way for him to play in the rotation. Brissett was a rotation player for the Pacers before Nesmith usurped him.
Danilo Gallinari comments on return
Former Celtics winger Danilo Gallinari reflected on playing his first NBA game with the Washington Wizards on October 25th. After the Wizards lost to the Pacers, Gallinari talked about how much he enjoyed being back on the floor on his personal Instagram.
“I would have liked to celebrate my return to the regular season with a win, but I am still very happy with my performance. “It’s been a difficult year, but now I feel like I can put my stamp on this season,” Gallinari wrote.
Gallinari’s feelings are justified, as he signed with the Celtics partly because he grew up rooting for them. Unfortunately, he no longer had a chance to play for them after another cruciate ligament tear. It’s heartwarming to see Gallinari playing NBA basketball again after suffering a second ACL tear in his mid-30s. Coincidentally, Gallinari’s next game is October 30 against the Celtics.
Matt John covers the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics for Heavy.com. The Massachusetts native has been covering the NBA since 2018, with stints at FanSided, Basketball News and Basketball Insiders. More about Matt John
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