The Boston Celtics just swung a deal for Jrue Holiday, trading Malcolm Brogdon, Robert Williams, and two first-round picks for the Portland Trail Blazers for the All-Star guard. This deal is great for the Indiana Pacers.
As much as Boston will miss Williams’ defense and Brogdon’s shooting, this deal made them better. The starting lineup of Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Kristaps Porzingis will be lethal, especially with Al Horford likely coming off the bench.
But while the move makes the Eastern Conference stronger, it fares very well for the Pacers, both right now and for the future of their inevitable championship hopes.
Potential disasters of Jrue Holiday-Boston Celtics trade bode well for Indiana Pacers
Right now, the Celtics are fighting for a championship, as are a few other teams in the East, including the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, and Cleveland Cavaliers.
With Boston picking up Holiday could drive the 76ers, Heat, or Cavaliers to make a big move in order to counter. And who has one of the top trade targets available right now? The Pacers.
Buddy Hield is an elite three-point shooter who could help any of those three teams, and if they are willing to overpay, the Pacers could reap the reward of their disastrous decision.
But the real disaster that could spawn from the Celtics’ move for Holiday, as well as the Bucks trade for Lillard, will be the future.
The Pacers aren’t going to win the NBA Championship next season. It would take an incredible leap from Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner, and Bennedict Mathurin, and while all those guys should improve, it probably won’t be enough.
But by the time the Pacers are ready to contend, the Bucks and Celtics could be dealing with some serious money problems, as they just pushed all their chips on the table.
Boston and Milwaukee have very expensive rosters now, and if they want to pay everyone moving forward, they would have to go deep into the luxury tax.
That could be a possibility, but if things don’t pan out, they could be forced to make some tough decisions, as the CBA will severely restrict them financially, which could cause a future disaster.
And by that point, if the Pacers play their cards right and develop internally, they should be ready to capitalize on it.