Boston Celtics acquire Jrue Holiday in trade

The Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics have agreed to a trade that will send Jrue Holiday to the latter, Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report.

Portland: Robert Williams, Malcolm Brogdon, 2024 Warriors 1st, 2029 Celitcs 1st

Boston: Jrue Holiday

After receiving Holiday in return for Damian Lillard earlier in the week, it was expected that the Blazers would trade the 33-year-old guard. The current full package for Lillard, the Blazers received Deandre Ayton, Robert Williams, Brogdon, Toumani Camara, three first-round picks (Golden State 2024 Top-4 protected, 2029 firsts from Boston and Milwaukee) and two Milwaukee pick swaps.

Granted the Blazers did have to give up Jusuf Nurkic and Nassir Little as well. They are also not expected to keep Brogdon so more trades could be coming. The Blazers are committed to their young guards in Anfernee Simons, Scoot Henderson and Shaedon Sharpe.

The Celtics were among the teams that would be interested in Holiday and they were near the top of list. So there was mutual interest. After the trade, the expectation is that Boston is eager to retain him long-term.

The Celtics used a significant trade package to beat out several teams in both conferences for the two-time All-Star’s services. Holiday should mitigate the loss of Marcus Smart and Williams, both of whom were traded to Memphis and Portland, respectively. In much return, Portland is looking to keep Williams long-term, a defensive stalwart who will be a nice pairing alongside Ayton.

After the trade for Jrue Holiday, the Celtics have improved their chances at winning a title and competing with the Milwaukee Bucks, who are the current favorite in the East. He has one year left on his deal, so an extension may be coming soon.


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