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Rookie point guard Aaron Holiday is making it so the Indiana Pacers reportedly may have enough confidence to trade one of their veterans at the position.
Well, Holiday helped step in (and stepped up) when All-Star guard Victor Oladipo was sidelined by a sore right earlier this month. During that stretch, Holiday averaged 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 16 minutes a game.
“He did his job, and he did it well,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan told reporters, via the Indianapolis Star. “That’s his role this year. When a guy goes down or someone is in foul trouble, he has to be ready to step in and play. He was ready to do that. He did it well.”
Holiday comes from good basketball bloodlines.
His brother Jrue Holiday is the starting point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans and considered one of the league’s top backcourt defenders. Another brother, Justin Holiday, is the starting shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls.
With Aaron Holiday performing well, and veteran point guard Darren Collison and Cory Joseph in contract years … well, change could be on the way for the Pacers.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, “League executives believe Indiana might look to move one of its point guards. Darren Collison and Cory Joseph roughly split the position and are both in the final years of their deals. The team is high on rookie Aaron Holiday and could want to clear out room for him.”
On top of that, the Pacers may be able to get hep at another position with a trade.
Basically, Holiday’s early play has made the Pacers’ trade-season situation one worth watching.