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Pacers rookie Aaron Holiday is no longer available in trade talks

Aaron Holiday, Pacers

The Indiana Pacers will not be moving Aaron Holiday at the trade deadline.

According to J. Michael of the Indy Star, numerous teams have contacted the Pacers to gauge interest in dealing for Holiday, but Indiana has stopped accepting inquiries pertaining to the rookie’s availability.

Despite Holiday being recently told that he could be moved by Thursday, the Pacers have decided to pull the plug.

Holiday, 22, has seen a much better dosage of minutes since the season-ending injury to Victor Oladipo. He has shot 13-for-18 in two games, and tallied 17 points in 22 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night – which has evidently been the factor that’s given him more life in Indy.

The Pacers selected Holiday out of UCLA with the No. 23 pick in the 2018 draft. He has been behind point guards Cory Joseph and Darren Collison on the team’s depth chart for most of the year, but Nate McMillan could be shifting gears with his rotation if the rookie can continue to produce.

The 6-foot-1 guard is averaging 5.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in his first NBA campaign.

The Pacers may still opt to make a move or two as the deadline approaches, perhaps trying to jettison the expiring contracts of Joseph, Collison, and Tyreke Evans,

Indiana is in fourth place of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 35-19.