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RUMOR: Knicks interested in Pacers’ Aaron Holiday

Aaron Holiday, Knicks

The New York Knicks have expressed interest in Indiana Pacers’ guard Aaron Holiday ahead of the Thursday trade deadline, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.

Berman notes that the Knicks liked Holiday, who is the younger brother of Jrue and Justin, at the 2018 NBA Draft. He did not elaborate on what New York may have offered the Pacers in a potential trade.

In 47 games this season, Holiday is averaging 10.2 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds over 23.3 minutes per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the floor, 42 percent from three-point range and 87 percent from the free-throw line.

The 23-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at UCLA, was originally selected by Indiana in the first round (23rd pick overall) of the 2018 NBA Draft.

He appeared in 50 contests during his rookie campaign, registering 5.9 points across 12.9 minutes a night while making 40.1 percent of his field-goal attempts, 33.9 percent of his long-distance tries and 82 percent of his foul shots.

Given that the Knicks may be making an attempt to sell off some of their veterans and that the Pacers are contending in the Eastern Conference, a deal between the two sides could potentially make sense.

New York is rumored to be shopping Marcus Morris, although he has a $15 million salary that would be difficult for Indiana to match.

Plus, Holiday has actually been a rather critical piece in Indy’s success this season, so the Pacers may want to hold on to him regardless of the possible return.

The Knicks are 15-36 and are languishing near the bottom of the East standings. Meanwhile, the Pacers are 31-20 and are in fifth place.