REPORT: Boston Celtics Eyeing Trade For Pacers’ Justin Holiday

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Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics are currently one of the most active teams in trade discussions with the NBA trade deadline drawing closer. They would like to add pieces that will help them contend this season and may have their eyes set on one intriguing target. Justin Holiday of the Indiana Pacers appears to be a player they have interest in acquiring.

According to a source, the Celtics are eyeing a trade for Holiday. They love his ability to defend on the perimeter and he would be an ideal fit alongside Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as a threat from the three-point line.

Holiday has been one of the more underrated trade targets around the NBA over the last couple of weeks. He has been playing well for the Pacers and there are at least three contenders interested in him. One other team that has been mentioned is the Milwaukee Bucks, who are also looking to add shooting and perimeter defense.

Throughout the course of the 2021-22 NBA season thus far, Holiday has played in 42 games and started in 33 of those appearances. He has averaged 10.9 points per game to go along with 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Holiday has shot 40.8 percent from the floor overall and has knocked down 37.1 percent of his three-point attempts.

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Outside of Holiday, there are plenty of players the Celtics could target via trade. One thing remains consistent though, they want more shooting and defense.

Exactly what would the Pacers want in return? Quite simply, they are looking for young players and picks. Boston would not have to give up a ton to get Holiday, which is also intriguing to the organization.

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If Stevens can make some moves for a cheap cost that will help them win now, he’s going to pull the trigger. Many rumors surrounding the Celtics have stated that they are thinking about selling talent off, but that does not seem to be the true case. They are more looking to add to their current core.

Expect to continue hearing rumors surrounding the Celtics as the trade deadline draws closer. Justin Holiday is certainly a name to keep a close eye on.

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