4 best trade destinations for Pacers’ Justin Holiday
The Indiana Pacers have made it apparent that they want to deal some of their players, and sharpshooter Justin Holiday is one of those who is speculated to be on the move around the trade deadline. Many teams will be seeking to add a player who can stretch the floor at an elite level, so it’s understandable that the Pacers are attempting to move him in the hopes of getting a fair return to help speed up their rebuild process.
Let’s look at four teams that could consider dealing for Justin Holiday before or during the NBA trade deadline this year.
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The Utah Jazz have been rumored to want a wing who can both stretch the floor and defend on many occasions the past few weeks. Justin Holiday isn’t an elite defender, but he is above-average, which is what Utah will be searching for at the deadline. When you consider that Utah is one of those teams that takes more three-point shots than anybody else in the NBA and normally has a lot of success from beyond the arc, it makes a lot of sense if they opt to bring in another elite shooter.
The Jazz are once again one of the best teams in the NBA during the regular season, but they have not had much success in the postseason in the past, and they were hoping to alter that this year. Bringing in a player like Justin Holiday may not be the missing piece to a championship squad, but he can surely help them out as one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA and also provides the size the Jazz so sorely need.
The Milwaukee Bucks already have one brother duo in Giannis and Thansis Antetokounmpo, so adding a second may be a possibility.
Jrue Holiday is arguably a top-20 player in the NBA, and there’s even an argument to be made that he is the best on-ball defender in the game. Justin Holiday is certainly not as talented as Jrue Holiday but Justin can provide the Bucks with three-point shooting and he also has some size, something the Bucks will need come playoff time.
Although he isn’t as good of a defender as Jrue, he might be someone who can be thrown at Kevin Durant because he is 6 foot 6′ and if anybody else on the Bucks is in foul trouble, he could possibly make it more difficult on him than some of the other Bucks players. When you consider that Milwaukee has to surround Giannis Antetokounmpo with players who can hit the three-point shot, which they have done admirably in recent seasons, bringing in a player who shoots almost 40% on roughly 7 three-point tries per game makes even more sense for them.
It will be fascinating to see whether Milwaukee will pursue Justin Holiday. There have been several speculations that they have been considering it. It may make a lot of sense for them since they want players who can knock down three-point shots, and every time they can add some height to their team, Milwaukee will have to consider it.
The Boston Celtics have been one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the NBA this season, so bringing in someone who can knock down that three-point shot at an elite level may make sense. Boston is believed to be considering dealing a few of their players, and bringing in Justin Holiday in exchange for one of them may be the perfect move. Boston clearly has the two stars that they need with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown so bringing in somebody that can pair next to them and help stretch the floor is definitely something that they are going to be looking for at the trade deadline.
Boston is another team that has been linked to Justin Holiday on several occasions, and they do have some components that they might trade for him. They clearly need to make some changes before the deadline because they aren’t playing the type of basketball that the Boston Celtics are used to, and he may be someone who can come in and help them get to where they need to be.
The Dallas Mavericks could use a three-point shooter badly as they are one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the NBA, presently ranking 26th in terms of shooting % from beyond the arc. They’re a squad that has the ability to create waves in the Western Conference if they make the right trade deadline moves.
With new head coach Jason Kidd, they’ve been playing like one of the top teams in the NBA this season, and if they can just match the proper guys next to Luka Doncic, they may be a team that finds plenty of success and one that opposing Western Conference teams won’t want to face in the playoffs.