‣ The Boston Celtics traded center Robert Williams III and guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Portland Trail Blazers for Jrue Holiday.
‣ The Blazers are also receiving first-round picks in 2024 and 2029, and are expected to pair Williams with Deandre Ayton.
‣ Brogdon may be moved again upon his arrival in Portland.
‣ The Celtics’ backcourt appears weaker after losing Brogdon and Williams.
Brogdon and Williams have 2 years left on their contract.
Brogdon: $22.5M each year
Williams: $11.6M and $12.4M
Holiday has a player option for next season and can be extended 6 months after the trade is completed.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42)
The Boston Celtics made a significant trade on Sunday, sending center Robert Williams III and guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for former Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday. As part of the deal, Portland will also receive a 2024 first-round pick from the Golden State Warriors, as well as a 2029 first-round pick.
It is expected that the Blazers will pair Williams with newly acquired center Deandre Ayton, while Brogdon may be moved again in a future in-season trade. If Brogdon stays with the team, he will play alongside guards such as Anfernee Simons, Scoot Henderson, and Shaedon Sharpe.
After the trade, NBA betting sites initially favored the Milwaukee Bucks to win the 2024 championship. However, with the addition of Jrue Holiday, the Celtics now have the best odds to win the title next season.
In terms of contracts, Brogdon and Williams both have two years remaining. Brogdon will earn $22.5 million each year, while Williams will earn $11.6 million and $12.4 million. Holiday has a player option for next season and can be extended after six months following the completion of the trade.
Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers seem to have come out on top in these trades, as they have added depth to their roster with the acquisitions of Williams and Brogdon, along with valuable first-round picks. On the other hand, the Celtics may have weakened their backcourt by losing two key players.
Jrue Holiday, who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2009, has had a successful career so far. He spent his first four seasons with the Sixers and the following seven with the New Orleans Pelicans. In November 2020, he was traded to the Bucks, where he made a significant impact during the 2022-23 season.
One standout performance for Holiday came in a game against the Indiana Pacers in March 2023, where he scored a career-high 51 points in just 33 minutes. He also became the NBA’s all-time leader in blocks for a point guard and currently ranks 45th overall among active players.
Overall, the Celtics made a bold move by acquiring Jrue Holiday, but it remains to be seen how these trades will ultimately impact both teams in the long run.