Another huge trade has been finalized and Jrue Holiday is now officially playing in the iconic Boston Celtics green next season; a move that boosted the team’s title odds in its immediate aftermath.
With Malcolm Brogdon and Robert Williams being used as trade pieces, how might the starting 5 look next season?
And is one of these lineups capable of securing the highly sought-after Banner 18?
Details of the Jrue Holiday trade
The Boston Celtics lost some more fan-favorite names to acquire what will hopefully be the missing pieces to a championship-winning puzzle, but who did they give up and what did they get in return?
Celtics receive: Jrue Holiday
Portland Trail Blazers receive: Robert Williams, Malcolm Brogdon, a 2024 first-round pick (GSW), and an unprotected first-round pick (BOS).
After already losing Marcus Smart in a trade to bring in the seven-foot-three Latvian, Kristaps Porzingis, Boston fans have been a mixture of heartbroken and excited for the potential of the new arrival. This situation looks to be very similar to Williams being a piece in this trade. Although he didn’t get consistent playing time due to injury, Williams certainly held a place in the hearts of Celtics fans; mine included.
And like the Porzingis acquisition, we are all feeling a “healthy” blend of heartbreak and excitement.
Securing the services of All-Star and All-Defensive guard, Jrue Holiday, came at the cost of a two-for-one deal, resulting in an alteration to the Celtics’ lineup options for the upcoming season. Here are a few ways that the starting five could look for the 2023-24 season.
Potential Boston Celtics starting lineup No. 1
PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Kristaps Porzingis
This first potential lineup looks immensely solid defensively as it boasts an All-Defensive backcourt, the star duo of Brown and Tatum, as well as the first summer acquisition, Porzingis.