BREAKING: Boston Celtics now favourite to land multi-time All-Star as trade talks continues in a positive direction

For the past day and a half, Boston Celtics fans have been talking over the possibility of Jrue Holiday being traded. Holiday, now 34, was acquired by the Portland Trail Blazers as part of a three-team blockbuster centered on Damian Lillard.

The two-time All-Star isn’t anticipated to play for Portland again, as the team is looking to move him.
“League sources told the Miami Herald on Thursday that the [Miami] Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers are destinations that appeal to Holiday,” wrote Chiang and Jackson.

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“That’s important because Holiday, 33, can become a free agent next summer with a player option worth $37.4 million in his contract for the 2024-25 season.”

What would it take for the Boston Celtics to get Jrue Holiday in a trade?

That is for certain, it will not be as simple as most would hope.

Holiday is scheduled to earn $36.8 million this season, which means the Celtics would have to find a way to match that contract in a prospective deal.

It would require a combination of one of Derrick White or Malcolm Brogdon, who both earn around $22 million, and one of Al Horford or Robert Williams III, who each earn $10-14 million, to get them there.

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All four of those players have been instrumental in Boston’s recent success. Brogdon was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year last season, White was named All-Defensive Second Team, Horford has been a defensive force in the postseason, and Williams has been a game changer when healthy.

Giving up one of those individuals and some draft capital wouldn’t be too horrible, but having to find a method to compensate for the loss of two of them would be a difficult task.


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