Blazers Expected To Trade Jrue Holiday Before Media Day

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The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to trade Jrue Holiday before media day, according to NBA insider Shams Charania. The Blazers acquired Holiday from the Milwaukee Bucks in the blockbuster Damian Lillard trade. Portland will not keep Holiday since the franchise is in rebuild mode.

The Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers are teams that appeal to Holiday, according to NBA insiders Barry Jackson and Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald.

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Holiday played in 67 games for the Bucks in 2022-23. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.4 assists while shooting 47.9% from the floor, 38.4% from 3 and 85.9% from the free-throw line. The NBA champion signed a four-year, $135 million extension with Milwaukee in April 2021.

A California native, Holiday has career NBA averages of 16.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists with the Sixers, New Orleans Pelicans and Bucks. He has made five All-Defensive teams and two All-Star teams.

Holiday will make $34.9 million next season. He has a player option worth $37.4 million for the 2024-25 campaign. The Bucks did not consult Giannis Antetokounmpo before acquiring Lillard from the Blazers due to Antetokounmpo’s close relationship with Holiday, according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Antetokounmpo talked to NBA reporter Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report about the Bucks trading Holiday to the Blazers for Lillard. While Antetokounmpo is eager to play with Lillard, the two-time MVP and future Hall of Famer will miss Holiday.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Jrue Holiday, Portland Trail Blazers Updates

“Jrue is my f–king brother for life. I love his family. I love him. I appreciate him. I wish him nothing but the best. He blessed me with a f–king championship,” Antetokounmpo said in the NBA interview. “He’s the one who made that huge steal in Game 5 of the Finals. I went to battle with him multiple times. F–k basketball. F–k the media shit. This guy is my brother for life, and it’s always going to be like that. He’s going to thrive wherever he ends up.”

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