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Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors steals the ball from Justin Holiday #9 of the Sacramento Kings.

With $6.9 million trade exception Juancho Hernangomez and $5.9 million trade exception Dennis Schroder at their behest, and with three spots available on the roster, the Boston Celtics could potentially add a or two other rotation players who could give them more depth. It can take the form of a wing, a guard or a big one. If the Celtics are looking to use one of those exceptions on a wing, one option they could target is Justin Holiday.

A Western Conference assistant coach recently told Heavy’s Sean Deveney why Holiday would be someone the Celtics want on their team.

“He’s the perfect veteran, a really good defender, a smart player, able to handle the ball a bit. Knocks down 3s usually. He’s an above average shooter, what you expect from a guy defensive.

During the 2021-22 season, Holiday split time between the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings. On the season, he averaged 10.1 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 39.4 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three.


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It’s for this same reason that it would be hard to see why his current team, the Atlanta Hawks, would trade him for a conference rival like the Celtics.


Holiday trade is not likely

While Holiday is a veteran winger with nearly a decade of NBA experience under his belt, whose $6.1 million contract could be swallowed up by Juancho Hernangomez’s TPE, it’s because of his experience and skill set it’s hard for the Western Conference assistant coach to believe the Hawks. would trade him to the Celtics.

“That’s why the Hawks wanted him, right? So it’s hard to imagine they’ll want to move him unless their whole season is down south. If they trade it, they’ll probably want something in return.

This summer, the Hawks acquired Holiday among other things when they traded Kevin Huerter to the Sacramento Kings. They also acquired Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs fresh off his first appearance in an NBA All-Star Game. This trade meant they probably wouldn’t sell their guys unless something went wrong.

Another reason they would probably prefer to keep Holiday is that he has an NBA title to his name.


Holiday Playoff Experience

In his second NBA season, Holiday won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in the 2014-15 season. Although Holiday barely played for this team.

In the five total games Holiday played for the Warriors in the 2015 playoffs, he averaged 0.6 points, 0.2 assists and 0.2 rebounds in 2.2 minutes per game.

Besides his lone title season with the Warriors, Holiday has only made the playoffs once in his career, in 2020 with the Pacers. Holiday had a much larger role with this Pacers team than he had with the Warriors five years prior, despite only playing four games as they were swept by the Miami Heat in the first round.

Over those four games, Holiday averaged 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from three in 32.8 minutes per game.


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Holiday therefore proved that he could thrive in a bigger role in the playoffs. As long as this role is not too big.