(CTN News) – Jrue Holiday returned to the court just a few days ago for the Trail Blazers, but now it is the Boston Celtics who look forward to Jrue Holiday’s assistance in delivering another championship banner to the team.
In a deal that was finalized on Sunday, the Celtics acquired Holiday from the Trail Blazers, following the trade that sent seven-time All-Star Damian Lillard to the Bucks last week.
Holiday was traded to the Trail Blazers by Milwaukee in the trade that sent Lillard to Milwaukee.
One person with knowledge of the trade, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was still pending league approval, said Boston gave up two key players – point guard Malcolm Brogdon and forward Robert Williams – for two future first-round picks, as well as two future first-round picks.
First reported was the Trail Blazers trade agreement.
Holiday takes over the starting point guard position in Boston Trail Blazers that had been held for the majority of the last few seasons by Marcus Smart, who was traded to Memphis as part of a three-team trade (which also included Washington) that brought Kristaps Porzingis to the Celtics last summer.
A dogged defender like Smart is a force to be reckoned with.
The same is true for Holiday as well. Five-time All-Defensive selection, he was named as a member of the first team on that list last season, and he has appeared on defensive player of the year ballots in each of the last three seasons.
Holiday was also an All-Star last year for the first time in a decade and is coming off a season in which he averaged 19.3 points and 7.4 assists, both of which were better than the 16.4 points and 6.5 assists he averaged during his career.
As a result of the Trail Blazers trading Holiday for Brogdon, Williams, and more draft capital in Wednesday’s deal, the Trail Blazers now have Lillard as four players (Deandre Ayton and Toumani Camara are also included in Wednesday’s deal), three first-round picks, and two pick swaps in the upcoming draft.
This past Saturday, Lillard was officially welcomed by his new team, the Milwaukee Bucks, in a ceremony that marked the official start of the NBA career for him.