The NBA Draft is still a week away, and we already have rumors flying about the Mavericks and their plans. Per Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer, Dallas is a frontrunner for Jrue Holiday and....wait for it....Justin Holiday?
The Dallas Mavericks have emerged as serious contenders to sign Jrue Holiday and his brother Justin, according to league sources.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 14, 2017
The Mavericks are a notoriously tight-lipped front office, so take this rumor (and any others) with a grain of salt. But Dallas has reportedly had interest in Holiday, and it seems that the brothers Holiday have wanted to play together for a while. So any team who is willing to give both a chance would seem to have a competitive edge in free agency.
We all know about Jrue’s skills and we will have more coming about his potential fit with the Mavericks, but you may not know as much about Justin. Justin Holiday is a 27 year old shooting guard, most recently with the New York Knicks. He played all 82 games with the Knicks last season, averaging 20 minutes per game with a 43.3 percent field goal percentage, 35.5 percent three-point percentage, and 2.7 rebounds. Before the Knicks last season, he bounced around the league, playing with Golden State (at the same time as Harrison Barnes), Atlanta, and Chicago — but never a full season.
Of course, with the draft before free agency, who knows how (if at all) this will affect the Mavericks likely plans to take a point guard with that ninth pick. We’ll find out soon enough.