NBA Rumor: Justin Holiday Trade?

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After missing the Pacers’ past five games due to the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Justin Holiday — who said he is and will remain  unvaccinated — returned to practice Sunday. Holiday entered the protocols Nov. 30. Per league rules, a player or coach with the virus must isolate for a minimum of 10 days or register two negative PCR tests at least 24 hours apart to come back sooner. Holiday spent the full time in isolation.

Holiday and Robin Lopez are available all day, every day for the right asset. So a trade wouldn’t be a result of the season going south. As mentioned above, if noncompetitive losses start piling up, attention will shift to Hoiberg. Given that expectations were low even before the widespread injuries to critical players, none of the above is a possibility as well. The only one I’d rule out is change in management. Team President Michael Reinsdorf praised management — and Hoiberg — in an interview on the eve of camp.

“As we said at the end of last season, we are committed to exploring every option to improve this team,” said Forman. “This trade is a significant step in that process. Our goal is to get younger and more athletic, and this trade moves us in that direction and allows us to start changing the structure of our team. In Robin Lopez, we are acquiring a starting center who is a good defender, good rebounder, and brings a toughness to our team. Jose Calderon is a proven veteran who can run an offense and knock down threes. Jerian Grant was high on our draft board last year as someone with a great skill set and positional size. All three players are great teammates and have tremendous work ethic, and we are excited to welcome them to the Chicago Bulls organization.”
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