Former Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday is linked to being traded once again to several NBA contenders after being traded from the Bucks to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team trade on Wednesday. The Phoenix Suns were the third team involved, and it also involved Damian Lillard going from Portland to Milwaukee.
Portland is in a rebuild, and Jrue Holiday could help out a bunch of teams in the NBA. He is 33 years old and will have a player option after this season. A season ago with the Bucks, Holiday averaged 19.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 7.4 APG, and shot 47.9% from the field. Which other NBA contenders can land the former Milwaukee Bucks point guard?
The Boston Celtics potentially acquiring former Milwaukee Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday would potentially be fascinating
Boston is one of the teams rumored to potentially land Holiday in a trade. The Boston Celtics could be the only team in the Eastern Conference that could knock out the Milwaukee Bucks in a seven-game series this time around. The Celtics have a loaded lineup to begin with. Their point guard situation is not ideal after trading away Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies this offseason.
Derrick White and Malcolm Brogdon are the current Celtics point guards, and Jrue Holiday would be a massive upgrade for them. A potential starting five of Robert Williams, Kristaps Porzingis, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Jrue Holiday could be the best in the entire NBA.
Holiday Could Go Back to the Philadelphia 76ers
Jrue Holiday going back to the Philadelphia 76ers would be another interesting move. James Harden is unhappy with the 76ers, and they may be forced to trade him. Holiday would be a good guard to have on the team. He started his NBA career with Philadelphia in 2009-2010 and played with them for the first four seasons before going to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The 76ers are trying to close the gap between the Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks. Philadelphia is another win-now mode team. Joel Embiid is their best player, and he has never gotten past the second round of the NBA playoffs in his career.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers can never stay healthy, but they could use a point guard to pair with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Jrue Holiday would be the perfect answer for the Clippers. They are trying to take down teams like the Denver Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles has never been to the NBA Finals in franchise history. They went to one conference finals appearance in 2021 before losing to the Phoenix Suns in six games. Russell Westbrook is the current starting point guard on the Clippers, but they could use another guard behind him as well.
A couple of other teams to watch for when it comes to the Jrue Holiday sweepstakes: the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat, the Dallas Mavericks, and the New York Knicks. The best fit for the former Milwaukee Bucks guard would be the Boston Celtics.