The trade deadline is nearing as we approach February 10th. Clamors of the Boston Celtics being heavy buyers coming into the deadline are starting to ring…much like the constant ringing of Brad Stevens’s phone over possible trades.
One name has been under the radar and came to light today in a report per Evan Massey. The Boston Celtics are reportedly interesting in acquiring the services of Indiana Pacers sharpshooter and veteran swingman, Justin Holiday.
It’s probably, not the Celtics faithful’s favorite holiday. He’s no former All-Star and NBA Champion like his brother, Jrue Holiday.
However, for a player who went undrafted in 2011. The 32-year-old veteran wing has carved quite an NBA stint for himself.
The sharpshooter has played over nine NBA seasons in the league for seven different teams. Some may consider that to be an issue as he does have much-staying power on these clubs.
My take is the six-foot-eight wing has been able to provide a desirable 3-and-D threat for seven different teams.
The average NBA role player probably does not even last in the league for a near-decade.
This year for the Pacers, Holiday is averaging 10.9 points as a starter and hit the three at a smooth stroke of 37%.
You would probably ask, how could he help the Boston Celtics?
The answers are relatively simple concepts. Bench scoring, spacing around the Jays, and defensive versatility with his wiry frame.
The Boston Celtics need to consider more realistic options and Justin Holiday ought to be at the top of the checklist. The Pacers are looking to deal veterans at the deadline and go for a younger look.
Boston could throw in a filler salary like Bruno Fernando or Enes Freedom with a second-rounder for extra enticement. The Pacers could use depth in the frontcourt to remain respectable going forward.