Report: Pelicans, Rockets interested in Bulls guard Justin Holiday
The New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets both have reportedly shown interest in trading for Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday, according to Jordan Brenner of The Athletic.
Both the Pelicans and Rockets are looking for wing help, and Justin Holiday is one of the cheaper options out there. Holiday is making $4.3 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent after the season ends. With the Bulls in rebuild mode, Chicago could look to move Holiday and get some draft picks in return.
So while the Pelicans surely would love to add one of the names that sources mentioned as possibilities for the Rockets—Justin Holiday, Kent Bazemore, DeMarre Carroll, even J.R. Smith—they may not be able to offer enough to work out a deal. That means they’ll have to get more creative, perhaps by combing the list of players nearing the end of their rookie deals to find someone who has struggled somewhere else and/or who won’t re-sign with his team in the summer.
In 32 games this season for the lowly Bulls, Justin Holiday is averaging 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 88.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Justin Holiday’s brother, Jrue Holiday, is the starting point guard for the Pelicans.
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