Another of the Golden State Warriors’ championship-contending rivals have made a blockbuster trade on the brink of training camp, with the Boston Celtics landing two-time All-Star Jrue Holiday from the Portland Trail Blazers.
Just days after they acquired the 33-year-old as part of the return for franchise legend Damian Lillard, Portland flipped Holiday to Boston for Malcolm Brogdon, Robert Williams III and two future first-round picks, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania on Sunday.
Comfortable with the state of their current roster, the Golden State Warriors ‘never entered the conversation’ for Jrue Holiday.
The Warriors were one of a host of teams suggested as a new home for Holiday who was always going to attract significant interest given his versatility on both ends of the floor.
However, as reported by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, Golden State never truly considered the 2021 NBA champion, rather holding firm with their current roster heading into training camp.
Any deal for Holiday, who is set to make $35 million this season, would have included at least Chris Paul, and most likely some combination of Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and future draft capital.
The Warriors made their own blockbuster trade earlier in the offseason when they acquired Paul and 57th overall pick Trayce Jackson-Davis for Jordan Poole, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Ryan Rollins, and a future draft pick.
The power dynamic between the Western and Eastern conference took a seismic shift this week, with Lillard (eight-time All-Star) heading to Milwaukee and Holiday returning to the East after his brief stint in Portland.
Boston now have an imposing starting lineup that will likely include Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis. The first of two meetings between the the Warriors and Celtics will take place on December 20 at Chase Center.