Since the defection of DeMarre Carroll to the Toronto Raptors in free agency, the Atlanta Hawks have been left with a lack of quality depth on the wing. To address that need, the team has reportedly inked a contract with free agent swingman Justin Holiday.
Free agent guard Justin Holiday is signing with the Hawks, a source told Yahoo Sports— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 8, 2015
The 26-year-old Holiday, who is the brother of Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, spent the 2014-2015 season with the Golden State Warriors. He appeared in 59 games, making four starts, and Holiday averaged 4.3 points per game while making just 32.1% of his attempts from three-point distance.
However, many NBA pundits believe that Holiday could be a potential 3-and-D player down the line, and he has converted 41.4% of his three-point attempts in the D-League. This is, of course, a depth move more than anything, but it is easy to see the growth potential with a player like Holiday, and he can provide athleticism and defensive ability in the immediate future.
Contract details are vital in this (and any) instance, but until they become available, it is safe to assume that this was a low-cost move that allows Holiday to potentially outperform the contract if he develops. Comparisons to the 2013 edition of DeMarre Carroll are inevitable, but this was the exact type of move that the Hawks needed to make, and they snuck it through in the midst of a crazy news day in the NBA.