Houston (Nos. 23, 24) and New York (Nos. 19, 21) have continued their efforts searching to jump into the teens, while Brooklyn also appears active in talks to move up from No. 27, with the Nets offering sharpshooting guard Landry Shamet, sources said. Would a team like Indiana be willing to drop so far back? The Pacers are also discussing Aaron Holiday with rival teams, sources said.
Everything is down with Aaron Holiday, the Indiana Pacers' first-round draft pick in 2018: His points, shooting, assisting, rebounding and minutes. A trade target since his rookie season, the 6-1 guard could be in another uniform by Thursday's trade deadline or by the NBA draft. That's what many around Holiday, league sources with knowledge of the situation, tell IndyStar, are hoping to see. That also depends on what the Pacers are able to get for him as his role has quickly diminished under coach Nate Bjorkgren. To continue to let him sit likely would depress his value.
The Los Angeles Clippers have expressed interest in Pacers guard Aaron Holiday, HoopsHype has learned. He’s on their radar if they can’t acquire George Hill or Ricky Rubio on the trade market. As reported by HoopsHype over the weekend, Holiday is available on the trade market if a team is willing to part with a first-round pick, league sources say.
Sacramento’s Bjelica, Oklahoma City’s George Hill, Detroit’s Wayne Ellington, Miami’s Olynyk, Indiana’s Aaron Holiday and the Orlando duo of Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross are all prime contenders to be moved. Hill and Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio have been mentioned frequently as secondary targets for the Clippers, after Ball.
Pacers young guard Aaron Holiday seems to have fallen out of favor, and the franchise is looking for a first-round pick in return.
Aaron Holiday is available on the trade market if a team is willing to part with a first-round pick, league sources told HoopsHype.
Some with the Celtics have seen TJ Warren as an important piece of any Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade, but Indiana values Warren as a cornerstone, and is reluctant to move him, SNY has learned. Some with the Celtics also have seen Aaron Holiday as an important part of the package they get back from Boston in a Hayward sign-and-trade. But Indiana is also reluctant to move the young guard, per SNY sources.
While the Knicks have been focused on acquiring D’Angelo Russell as they eye point guards before Thursday’s 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline, the Knicks also at some point made an inquiry into Pacers playmaker Aaron Holiday, the younger brother of Jrue and Justin. Holiday, 23, is in his second season. After a modest rookie year, he’s played in 47 games, made 19 starts and in 23 minutes per game is averaging 10.2 points and 3.5 assists.
Indiana could probably get a first-round pick for Aaron Holiday, who has been out of the rotation since Oladipo's return. They have shown little inclination to move him, sources say.
With Victor Oladipo ready to make a return near the end of the month and Malcolm Brogdon one of the offseason's greatest acquisitions, more than one competing executive believes the Indiana Pacers will put one of their two backup point guards on the market: TJ McConnell or Aaron Holiday.
Before that bucket, the Aaron Holiday who made the in-and-out dribble to freeze 6-11 shot-blocker Jonathan Isaac before converting a left-handed layup looks like an All-Star. Pacers adviser Larry Bird has been so high on the 6-foot guard that he believes Holiday can blossom into an All-Star someday. At least, that was his perspective after the Pacers (9-6) almost moved him nine months ago during his rookie season. That's what a league source told IndyStar then, after also reporting that Holiday had been informed he could be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a deal to bring in Mike Conley.
The Orlando Magic, Saturday night's opponent, were a possible trade destination for Aaron Holiday, too. (They ended up acquiring Markelle Fultz from Philadelphia.) The Phoenix Suns liked him as well. (They ended up with Ricky Rubio at $17 million per year, the Pacers' fallback option at $13 million had they not acquired Malcolm Brogdon.)
The Phoenix Suns, who were expected to take Holiday at No. 16 in the draft but allowed him to drop to the Pacers at No. 23, remain aggressive in trying to shake him loose, along with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls. The Pacers have denied shopping Holiday, insisting that they stopped taking calls on him before the trade deadline.
The value of Aaron Holiday continues to thrive as the NBA Draft arrives Thursday and free agency opens at the end of the month. If the Indiana Pacers are going to make any significant move to jump from No. 18 or reshape the roster, it’ll likely come through moving Domantas Sabonis or Holiday. Holiday was informed that he potentially was on the move in February, with his name attached to a deal for Mike Conley with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told IndyStar then.
The Pacers discussed a deal with him going to the Orlando Magic before the deadline, according to league sources, as they had strong interest in Aaron Gordon. The Magic pivoted, however, to acquire Markelle Fultz from Philadelphia and kept Gordon. The Pacers have also talked to the Atlanta Hawks about moving up eight spots Thursday to No. 10 but Holiday was requested in such a swap to bolster the Hawks' backcourt behind Trae Young and that discussion didn’t go anywhere, a league source said.
The Grizzlies took a slight risk in waiting until now to deal Conley instead of acting at the trade deadline, but it ended up costing them nothing beyond the chance to clear more 2019-20 salary. They might have come out better for it. They always wanted two first-round picks, and they got them. The Detroit Pistons opted against paying that price, sources say, and even had the Pistons agreed, Memphis might have been stuck with Reggie Jackson. The Pacers would not surrender two first-round picks and Aaron Holiday, sources say.
Holiday was a hot commodity going into the trade deadline with multiple teams inquiring about his availability until president Kevin Pritchard stopped taking calls. Larry Bird, an adviser to the team, believes the 2018 No. 23 pick has All-Star potential.
Aaron Holiday is a popular target for teams placing calls to the Indiana Pacers -- and he was told recently that he could be moved by Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, a league source told IndyStar -- but he's off the table, according to another league source. Many teams have contacted the Pacers to gauge interest in dealing Holiday, but Indiana has stopped accepting inquiries.
May 25, 2022 | 8:35 pm EDT Update
Tim Reynolds: The moment of silence ended with this: “The Heat urges you to contact your state senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message demanding their support for common sense gun laws.” Some fans applauded as that was announced.
May 25, 2022 | 7:51 pm EDT Update
Jared Weiss: Marcus Smart’s ankle will allow him to move “good enough” per Ime Udoka after testing it at shootaround. “He has enough movement where he’s not restricted in certain areas like a few days ago.” Said Smart can play through the pain.
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According to sources, Terry Stotts was asked previously if he would have interest in joining the Lakers as an assistant should he not be hired as a head coach. Stotts, sources said, told the team that he has no interest in a role as a lead assistant. Stotts was approached about joining Frank Vogel in that role last season on the Lakers’ bench and also declined, sources said.