Felger & Mazz: Jrue Holiday would be massive upgrade over Marcus Smart
The Portland Trail Blazers finally parted ways with superstar Damian Lillard, and in a stunner based on the summer reporting regarding his situation, sent him to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Looking through a Boston Celtics scope of the situation and how the fallout may impact their chances at a championship run in 2024 and beyond, the team would be smart to trade for Jrue Holiday, a player not expected to stay with Portland.
Would he be an upgrade over Marcus Smart?
Felger: Should the Celtics be in on Jrue Holiday?
Mazz: Yes! 100 percent.
Felger: Do they need to answer the Lillard move?
Mazz: Not necessarily, but Jrue Holiday would make them better. I mean it gives them a huge upgrade over Marcus Smart. I mean he brings a lot of what Marcus Smart brings to the table in terms of toughness and defense and that sort of stuff. And he’s way better at the offensive end.
Felger: He’d be an upgrade over Marcus Smart!
Felger: He’d be a massive upgrade over Marcus Smart. He’s Marcus Smart without the crap. He’s Marcus Smart without the ego and the D-P-O-Y boxer robe. Jrue Holiday won’t burst into the SI photo shoot with Tatum and Brown. And, do what, Murray?
Murray: “Get out of my way. This is my team!”
Yeah, I think Jrue Holiday is more of a guy who knows his role and knows how to be more of a professional. I’m not trying to bag on Marcus Smart, but the ego is out of control. The ego-to-talent ratio with Marcus Smart was maybe his biggest problem. You won’t get that with Jrue Holiday.
Felger: He’s Marcus Smart without the fake tough guy treat-me-with-respect bullcrap. He’s Marcus Smart without the “I’m the pillar! I’m the longest tenured!”
None of that.
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