Jrue Holiday Has Found A New NBA Home With Eastern Contenders

Another huge trade has just gone down in the NBA, as the Portland Trail Blazers have traded newly-acquired Jrue Holiday to another Eastern Conference contender, in the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics send big man Robert Williams III and beleaguered guard Malcolm Brogdon plus multiple draft picks to the Trail Blazers in return. The picks include Boston’s 2029 unprotected first-round pick and the Golden State Warriors’ 2024 first-round pick. 

The trade comes just four days after Portland acquired Holiday in the Damian Lillard trade from another Eastern power, the Milwaukee Bucks, where he won a title in 2021.

Holiday fills a huge void in Boston as the lock-down defensive presence in the backcourt that they lost when they traded Marcus Smart in the Kristaps Porzingis deal earlier in the summer. 

The move gets the Celtics back into the championship contention discussion. 

Holiday has been named to the NBA's All-Defensive Team five times, and won a ring in 2021 with the Bucks. 

For Portland, they land another elite young center, as they added former No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton in the Lillard trade, now Williams is brought in to add the shot-blocking, rim-protecting presence that Ayton does not always provide. 

As for the 30-year-old Brogdon, he doesn't really fit the Blazers' new young culture. He could be on the move again, says Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, as "there has certainly been interest in (Brogdon) and expect teams will be calling on him. Blazers are committed to young guards."

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