When jrue Holiday’s trade to Bucks makes sense, it’s not clear whether Bucks can pull off it
Jrue Holiday is no longer in the picture for a top-five pick, but that hasn’t stopped the Bucks from trying to move the 22-year-old point guard for a package that includes the Bucks’ unprotected first-round pick, which they acquired with their blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Holiday, who was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2015-16, has struggled with injuries and has a 3.6 points-per-game average through four games with Milwaukee this season.
The Bucks would be the most aggressive team in the league to move Holiday, according to multiple people familiar with the talks, who asked not to be identified discussing private conversations.
That includes adding a second-round selection to get a better deal on Holiday, whose deal expires after this season and would cost Milwaukee $3.9 million per year through 2020-21.
But the Bucks would like to avoid taking on Holiday’s contract, the people said.
While there are questions about whether Holiday could be the best player in the Eastern Conference, he is projected to earn more than $20 million per season, and he could help the Bucks compete with teams like the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards for a championship.
With that in mind, the Bucks have discussed trading Holiday to the Brooklyn Nets, according a person familiar with their thinking.
While the Nets have said they are still exploring the trade possibilities, the Nets, in turn, are considering the offer, the person said.
If the Nets decide to move him, it would be in line with other teams that are considering such moves, according for example the Cleveland Cavs, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
Brooklyn is the only team that would likely be able to move one of its draft picks in the 2019 draft, which is expected to be the second-highest.
The Nets could also use the pick on a player such as Kyle Korver, but the player would likely have to agree to a contract before he would be eligible for the Nets’ pick.
Holiday would be a natural fit with the Nets.
He is a three-point specialist, which gives Brooklyn more options at the position, and the Nets are also looking for shooters, according one person familiar.
While they are also intrigued by other players, the fact that they have a young core of players with potential would also help the Nets and Holiday would fit in well.
The Cavaliers and Nets were both interested in Holiday, and both teams would need to clear cap space to sign him, according the person familiar, who added that the Nets could use the draft pick on another player.
With the Bucks trying to trade Holiday, it makes sense for the team to take a look at moving him.
However, there is no indication that the Bucks can get a deal done in time for this week, when they will hold their first practice of training camp on Monday.
They would need at least one more trade to get to that point, but no one is sure when that would happen.
This story was first published at 11:30 a.m.
ET on July 28.
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