Milwaukee originally traded Holiday to Portland just a day after he publicly said he wanted to retire with the Bucks. Now, he is heading to Boston in a trade for Malcolm Brogdon, Robert Williams and two first-round picks. Needless to say, it's been a rollercoaster of emotions for everyone -- including players who are not part of the trades.
Joel Embiid was one of the first to react, although "fun" might not really be what he means
"This off-season was fun lmao," the 2023 Most Valuable Player said.
This off-season was fun lmao— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) October 1, 2023
Sheesh— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) October 1, 2023
Well damn— Josh Hart (@joshhart) October 1, 2023
A few days ago, Evan Turner -- an assistant coach for the Celtics during the 2020-21 season -- suggested that the Blazers should let Boston have Holiday. His words came true, and four-time NBA champion Andre Iguodala was impressed by the prediction.
Boy you a damn genius— andre (@andre) October 1, 2023
Now that the move actually happened, Turner jokingly said he is eyeing his former organization.
"I'm about to go back and work with Boston so I can piggy back off some of this success," he wrote.
I'm about to go back and work with Boston so I can piggy back off some of this success— Evan Turner (@thekidet) October 1, 2023
Im going to stay in Cambridge again
Holiday is a solid addition to the Celtics defense, and he could increase Boston's chances of winning the Eastern Conference. The season hasn't even started yet, but Isaiah Thomas already sees the Celtics as the favorites.
Nvm Celtics favorite now in the east lol— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) October 1, 2023
Milwaukee is also looking like a strong contender, so a playoff series between the Bucks and Celtics would be a treat for NBA fans.
When Holiday played for the Pelicans, his team swept Lillard's Blazers in the 2018 playoffs. Lillard is a well-known scorer, but Holiday showed in that series he has no struggles guarding him.
This Milwaukee/Boston playoff series is about to SLAP— Larry Nance (@Larrydn22) October 1, 2023
The 2023-24 NBA season will officially tip off on Oct. 24.