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NBA Free Agency 2019: Clippers among teams interested in free agent guard Justin Holiday

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Holiday would likely be a minimum-salary depth addition.

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According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the Clippers are one of several teams interested in veteran guard Justin Holiday. Also included in the list: the Los Angeles Lakers, who are in desperate need of guard help (or any guards at all, really) at this stage of the off-season.

At 6’6”, Holiday has played both guard and wing positions during his career, with basketball-reference lineup data showing him splitting time pretty evenly between shooting guard and small forward in recent seasons. He would be a depth piece for the Clippers—potentially another gritty veteran to pitch in minutes at small forward if the Clippers miss out on Kawhi Leonard, or to help Doc Rivers load manage Kawhi should he join L.A.

Holiday has shot less than 40% from the field in each of the last two seasons, but that’s largely because he takes significantly more threes than twos. This past season, he shot 34.8% from three on 5.7 attempts per game while making 44.2% of his two-point attempts. So, similar to Rodney McGruder, who the Clippers recently re-signed, Holiday’s three-point shooting is high-volume league average.

If the Clippers land Holiday, it would be a very troubling sign for the likes of Sindarius Thornwell and Tyrone Wallace, who each play similar depth guard/wing roles. A roster spot might be preserved if the Clippers elect to put newly-drafted second round rookie Terance Mann—another defensive-minded SG/SF—on a two-way contract.