Indiana Pacers exploring deals for rookie Aaron Holiday
Per the Indianapolis Star, the Pacers are taking calls on rookie guard Aaron Holiday.
Holiday, brother of Justin and Jrue of the Grizzlies and Pelicans, was the team’s first-round pick this past offseason. For the Pacers this season he’s played in 35 games, averaging 5.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from beyond the arc.
The 6-foot-1 point guard has potential but oftentimes is too undersized against starting point guards. His career may be that of a backup because of his size.
The Pacers became immediately active on the trade market when their superstar guard Victor Oladipo went down with an injury. Even though a core of Myles Turner, Tyreke Evans, and Domantas Sabonis is pretty solid, they likely won’t be in contention for a playoff spot. It would be especially difficult for them to win a playoff series.
The Pacers are currently 35-19 and sit in the third seed of the NBA’s Eastern Conference. They allow 103.5 points per game, which ranks third overall in the NBA. They have one of the best defenses in the league but have lost Oladipo’s ability to guard the other team’s best player.
On the other hand, their offense who was also carried by Oladipo, only averages 108.4 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the NBA. That number will likely dip in the coming weeks.
The Pacers will still likely make the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how their strategy changes without their best player on the court.