Indiana could trade one of their guards to give Aaron Holiday more time
Despite being unable to make an impact for the Indiana Pacers so far this season, it appears that the future is bright for rookie point guard Aaron Holiday.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Pacers front office may be looking at the prospect of tweaking the team’s roster in order to give Holiday more playing time.
League executives believe Indiana may look to move one of their point guards. Darren Collison and Cory Joseph roughly split the position and are both in the final years of their deals. The team is high on rookie Aaron Holiday and could want to clear out room for him.
Playing just 12.6 minutes per contest thus far, the 22-year-old has found it difficult to establish a significant role for his new team. Holiday is currently averaging just 5.9 points (on 42.2 percent shooting), 0.7 three-pointers, 2.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 0.8 turnovers in 17 appearances off the Indiana bench.
He has shown some flashes of brilliance on occasion, and it seems that the Pacers have recognized Holiday’s potential to be the team’s point guard of the future.
As described by Windhorst, there is a bit of a log jam in the point guard position for the Pacers at the moment. Head coach Nate McMillan has been doing an admirable job in balancing the playing time of starter Darren Collision (28.3 minutes per game) and his primary backup, Cory Joseph (26.1 minutes per contest), leaving Holiday to fight for scraps as the team’s third-string PG.
In his third and final year for UCLA, Holiday put up 20.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists in 37.7 minutes of action, so we have an idea of how productive he can be given the opportunity.