This Jrue Holiday report may bode well for Celtics' trade chances originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Celtics' geography apparently could give them a leg up in the Jrue Holiday sweepstakes.
The Celtics reportedly are among "several teams" interested in trading for the New Orleans Pelicans guard prior to the 2020 NBA Draft.
Boston also plays in the conference where New Orleans is "determined" to send Holiday, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reported Monday.
I'm told Mavs are not in on the Jrue Holiday trade sweepstakes. One of the biggest reasons: Pels are determined to trade him to an Eastern Conference team. They don't want to compete against him.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) November 16, 2020
That logic is somewhat head-scratching considering the Pelicans recently traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, who became a Western Conference powerhouse as a result and just won an NBA championship.
If New Orleans truly has that mindset, though, that's good news for Danny Ainge and Co.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported the Nuggets are a "strong threat" to trade for Holiday thanks to their wealth of quality young players, but Townsend's report suggests the Pelicans would prefer not to send their talented guard to Denver (that or they're trying to drive up the price on the Nuggets).
The Celtics are armed with three first-round picks in Wednesday's draft (No. 14, No. 26 and No. 30) and reportedly are trying to use those picks to move up to a top-10 selection, which they could then flip in a trade for Holiday.
But Boston may need to include a player in addition to that pick to land the 30-year-old guard, who averaged 19.1 points and 6.7 assists per game last season and is one of the NBA's better backcourt defenders.
The NBA's trade moratorium officially ended Monday at 12 p.m. ET, so we could see a deal go down anytime between now and Wednesday night.