Chicago Bulls: Grading the Justin Holiday trade

The Chicago Bulls have officially traded guard/forward Justin Holiday to the Memphis Grizzlies. Did the Bulls get enough in return?

We’re only three days into 2019 and the Chicago Bulls are already making some relatively big moves. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls have traded Justin Holiday to the Memphis Grizzlies for MarShon Brooks, Wayne Selden and two second-round picks.

It seems like everyone knew Justin Holiday would be on the way out of Chicago at some point this season. He’s on a team-friendly deal and he’s a quality wing who shoots the 3-ball at an efficient clip. If you add those things together, it equals a player who potential playoff teams want on their roster. So, I’m not surprised that Holiday got dealt, but the move came a little sooner than I expected. As long as both parties were satisfied with what they were getting in return, though, there was no reason to wait.

It often seems like there are winning teams and losing teams in every trade, but in this case, both teams seem to come out ahead.

As Memphis looks to make a playoff push, they’re finally getting a lengthy wing who can launch 3-pointers efficiently. Holiday will provide a nice punch to a Grizzlies team that desperately needs help on the offensive end. He brings way more to the table for the Grizzlies than both MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden combined.

For the Bulls, on the other hand, they clearly don’t need Holiday’s help winning games. At this point, it’s actually better for them to lose games. With that in mind, acquiring Wayne Selden (a 24-year-old wing with untapped potential) and two second-round picks is actually a pretty nice haul for Chicago.

Not only did the Bulls get good pieces in return for Holiday, but all signs are pointing to Chandler Hutchison having a vastly increased role going forward- something most Bulls fans would love to see.

Is it possible that the Bulls could’ve gotten better pieces in return for Holiday if they waited until closer to the trade deadline? Sure, but considering how frustrating some of their trades have been in recent years, it’s nice to finally see a Bulls trade that doesn’t make me feel sick to my stomach.

The only reason I’m a little sad about this trade is because I was still holding out hope for a Justin Holiday/Markelle Fultz swap. I still love that kid.

All things considered, though, the Bulls and their fans should feel pretty good about this one.

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Grade: A-

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