The Boston Celtics are reportedly one of the many teams interested in getting Jrue Holiday, and rightfully so.
Holiday is one of the best backcourt defenders in the game, and they’re craving a guy like him after losing Marcus Smart.
Nonetheless, Celtics writer Dan Greenberg believes the team should pivot and go after Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso instead, citing that he would cost them just a fraction of Holiday’s value.
If you think the Celts desperately need Jrue Holiday's defensive skillset…why not just give a fraction of the price in terms of assets for Alex Caruso instead?
1st team All NBA defender in 2023, 45/36% splits last year…$9M this year and partially guaranteed $9.8M next year
— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) September 28, 2023
Truth be told, it doesn’t seem like the Bulls are shopping Caruso around or have any intention to make him available, so changing their stance on that could be costly.
From a defensive standpoint, Caruso would obliviously provide a huge boost at a way more reasonable price, there’s no way to deny that.
But Holiday could also bring more to the table on the offensive end of the floor, and Brad Stevens has made it loud and clear that he won’t hesitate to make big moves to improve the roster and get them over the hump once and for all.
The Celtics have knocked on the door of NBA championship No. 18 for quite a while now, reaching at least the Eastern Conference Finals in back-to-back seasons, but they haven’t been able to land that difference-maker that could get them over the top.
Getting Holiday would most likely require at least a couple of first-round picks, and while that might seem like a steep price, we’re talking about a former All-Star who can guard multiple positions and comes with championship experience.NEXT: Jayson Tatum Shades 1 East Contender As Being A Threat To Celtics