A pair of big men, Al Horford and Robert Williams III, would need to be included in any offer from the Boston Celtics front office for Portland Trail Blazers point guard Jrue Holiday; who was recently acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks in the three-team Damian Lillard blockbuster — this, at least, according to Boston.com’s Tom Westerholm.
Ultimately, Westerholm sees the Celtics passing on a Holiday deal.
“The Blazers are expected to trade Jrue Holiday, which is a little interesting from a Celtics perspective given that Malcolm Brogdon is reportedly less than pleased with the offseason’s drama, but a Brogdon-Holiday swap would likely need to involve one of Horford or Robert Williams to make salaries work,” Westerholm prefaced before saying, “Given the potential fragility of the Celtics’ frontcourt, the guess here is that they will opt for big-man depth over a move for Holiday.”
Boston Celtics analyst: ‘Somewhat insane to have floated this’ right before training camp
The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reported that the Boston Celtics are in fact interested in acquiring Holiday — a leak that Dan Greenberg finds “somewhat insane” to have been floated right before training camp given the ongoing Malcolm Brogdon issues.
“Either A) Brogdon really isn’t over it and needs to be moved (or) B) Brad has a trade he knows he can make,” Greenberg prefaced before saying, “It would be somewhat insane to have this floated out again right before camp and Brogdon still be on the team It’s not hard to see the math starts with his $22.5 (million).”
One way or another, it feels as if Brogdon could be a goner before training camp. Whether it be in a multi-team deal to acquire Buddy Hield, or as part of a Holiday blockbuster, there seems to be something brewing in Boston; and if not for the Celtics, another franchise or a few.