Jazz Were Interested In Acquiring Jrue Holiday From Blazers

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According to NBA insider Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Utah Jazz were interested in acquiring Jrue Holiday from the Portland Trail Blazers. The Milwaukee Bucks traded Holiday to the Blazers in the blockbuster Damian Lillard trade.

The Jazz have a bunch of draft picks after trading Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert last offseason. However, they didn’t acquire Holiday, who was traded by the Blazers to the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics are title contenders, while the Jazz are still rebuilding. It wouldn’t have made much sense for Utah to acquire Holiday, who is 33.

Holiday played in 67 games for the Bucks last season. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.4 assists while shooting 47.9% from the field, 38.4% from beyond the arc and 85.9% from the free-throw line.

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Holiday has career NBA averages of 16.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists with the Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans and Bucks. He has made five All-Defensive teams& and two All-Star teams. Holiday helped the Bucks win the 2021 championship over the Phoenix Suns in six games.

“A few days ago, before I got traded, it was just kind of like where am I gonna land? I had hopes of being here and sometimes you don’t want to get your hopes up, just because you can get your heart broken that way. But once I ended up getting traded here, that’s what I was committed to,” Holiday told NBA reporters during his introductory press conference with the Celtics. “Again, a team that’s been close to winning championships, that has those banners up there and has one covered because of how rich this organization is. And winning is really, really important to me. And that’s the reason why I play, is to win.”

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The Jazz made a big trade in the offseason, acquiring John Collins from the Atlanta Hawks. Utah is expected to start Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, Collins, Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler this season.

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