Report: Pacers would not surrender 2 first round picks, Aaron Holiday for Mike Conley
The Indiana Pacers would reportedly not surrender two first round picks and guard Aaron Holiday for veteran point guard Mike Conley, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.
The Pacers were among the teams interested in trading for Conley, who ended up getting traded to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. The Memphis Grizzlies got Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, the No. 23 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft and a protected future first round pick in return for Conley.
Indiana is high on Holiday, who is the younger brother of Jrue and Justin Holiday. Aaron averaged 5.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists during his rookie season while shooting 40.1 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Pacers starting point guard Darren Collison becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. Indiana has been rumored to be interested in signing Ricky Rubio, who won’t be returning to Utah now that Conley is there.
The Pacers need another dynamic scorer on the team since All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo is coming back from a serious knee injury. Indiana got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2019 playoffs and struggled to score the ball sans Oladipo. It will be interesting to see who the Pacers sign this offseason.