Grizzlies hope trade can offer Holiday from recent skid

Marcus Newton
January 7, 2019

The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired Justin Holiday from the Chicago Bulls, the team announced late Thursday.

The Chicago Bulls have waived Cameron Payne to make roster room following their trade for MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden.

Trading a dependable veteran such as Holiday also could affect the Bulls' chances of winning, which would appease draft lottery enthusiasts.

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Memphis hopes for a revival behind Holiday, who has averaged 11.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.76 steals in nearly 35 minutes a game as a starter for the Bulls. During his National Basketball Association career, Brooks has also played for the Celtics, Warriors, Lakers and Grizzlies, averaging 8.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17.3 minutes per game. He's shooting 35.9 percent from 3-point range with a career-high 7.1 attempts per game. Selden was a part of the regular rotation in Memphis for most of the season, but his workload had fallen off over the past month. Making a big move when the time and circumstances align is fine and good, but teams get in those positions by nailing a bunch of smaller moves first. That means the Bulls will enter this summer's draft with at least two picks. That closes the book on a disappointing Chicago tenure for Payne, the centerpiece of the Bulls' 2017 deadline deal sending Taj Gibson to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Those picks will be in the second round of the 2019 and 2020 NBA Draft. He played a few games for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2016-17 on a 10-day contract, and was then signed by the Grizzlies for the remainder of 2016-17, lasting through this season.

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