NBA Rumor: Aaron Holiday Trade?

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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.

Knicks inquired about Aaron Holiday

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.

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 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.
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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.
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