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The Memphis Grizzlies have lost four straight and are hoping, just maybe, veteran shooting guard Justin Holiday can inject some life.
Holiday was acquired Thursday in a trade with the Chicago Bulls.
“Sometimes trades are eye-opening experiences for everybody,” Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters. “They can inject a spirit into your group. The guy who comes in, obviously we’re looking at him and expecting him to help us with that.”
Holiday, 29, averaged 11.6 points this season with the Bulls. He is owed $4.5 million this season, the final season of his contract. So he is both someone who can help out immediately … and perhaps as a potential trade candidate.
For now, though, the Grizzlies need help and they are focusing on what Holiday does well.
“Hard worker, plays defense, two-way player,” Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley Jr. said of Holiday. “He’s gotten better offensively as well. So he definitely fits the mold of what we’re trying to accomplish here, especially with his character and all those things. … Justin is going to be a great addition.”