Jrue Holiday said he wanted to retire with the Milwaukee Bucks, but now he’s with one of their top competitors in the Eastern Conference.
The Trail Blazers are trading Holiday to the Boston Celtics, according to multiple reports, just four days after Holiday was traded by the Bucks to the Blazers as part of a three-team blockbuster with the Phoenix Suns that landed superstar Damian Lillard in Milwaukee, the NY Post reports.
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Boston is sending Robert Williams, Malcolm Brogdon, a 2024 first-round pick and 2029 unprotected first-round pick to Portland in return, according to ESPN.
On Thursday, the Blazers acquired Holiday, an unprotected first-round pick and two unprotected pick swaps from the Bucks along with Deandre Ayton and Toumani Camara from the Suns in the three-team deal.
The Suns acquired Jusuf Nurkic, Nasir Little and Keon Johnson from the Blazers and Grayson Allen from the Bucks in the deal.
In a rebuild, the Blazers were widely expected to quickly reroute Holiday to a contender after the trade, and now he’s well-situated to attempt to spoil his former side’s championship ambitions.
Holiday played the last three seasons with the Bucks, playing a key role in the team’s championship run in 2020-21 after they traded for him mid-season.
He earned his second-career All-Star nod last year, and averaged 18.5 points, 6.8 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in his Bucks tenure.
Holiday has also been named to the All-Defensive first-or-second team five of the last six years.
One day prior to the blockbuster Lillard deal, Holiday told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he wanted to spend the rest of his career with the Bucks.
“Would love to [sign an extension],” Holiday the outlet. “Before I even won here I think I said I’m a Buck for life and I mean that like deep in my heart. I don’t want to play for any other team. I think we have a chance to continue to do great things as the Bucks team and organisation so I want to be in Milwaukee. …
“Being with the Bucks, having three of the best seasons I’ve had in my career, and not only that but having a winning record, being a top team or a top-three team, I don’t think I was ever on a top three-team until I came to the Bucks.”
With Lillard along with superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks made their title expectations clear.
The Bucks and Celtics finished first and second in the Eastern Conference last year, respectively, and will figure to be right back at the top with their new additions.
This article originally appeared on the NY Post and was reproduced with permission.