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Justin Holiday has unrealistic salary expectations

Justin Holiday

Free agent marksman Justin Holiday is still without a job in the NBA. The long-range specialist split his 2018-19 season between the Chicago Bulls and the Memphis Grizzlies and has played the most minutes (2,607), nearly doubling that of the next best available free agent.

According to ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, part of why Holiday is still in the free agent market is that he has some unrealistic salary expectations, and he wouldn’t be the first to be guilty of that.

The 30-year-old put up a decent 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists last season, yet he still remains a 39% shooter from the field and 34.9% from deep. In fact, Holiday’s increased volume from distance hasn’t helped matters at all, just making his mediocre acumen from the perimeter all the more evident.

The Washington product is probably looking for a long-term offer to finally be able to settle down in a city after playing for six teams in his first six years in the league, yet his best days may be already past him after getting plenty of opportunities in Chicago.

It’s likely he will have to sign a “prove it” deal with a team to stick around in the league for longer, but he will have to come down in his price and be willing to sign for the veteran minimum after teams have spent nearly every penny paying for highly-touted free agents in the first days of free agency.

There simply isn’t enough money to go around, and Holiday could potentially fall victim of that reality and remain in the free agent pool unless he’s willing to ink a deal for less than he initially wanted.