Former Knick Justin Holiday could find his way back to New York?
Indiana Pacers guard and impending free agent Justin Holiday, who played for the New York Knicks in 2016-17, is reportedly someone the new front office is hoping to sign this offseason. According to J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star, the Knicks “really want him.”
The rumor was tweeted on Friday with Michael indicating that Holiday had grown “a little sour on somethings [sic] that went down” in Indiana, and because of that, the 31-year-old guard no longer wants to return to the Pacers.
However, Holiday refuted the part of the report suggesting he wasn’t happy by commenting on an Instagram post that aggregated the rumor.
"“Idk what [Michael] is talking about,” Holiday wrote in the comments to the IG post about him being unhappy. “He didn’t hear this from me.”"
Holiday earned $4.8 million last season on a one-year deal with the Pacers. He recently changed his agent to Bernie Lee, per Yahoo, who also represents superstar and former teammate Jimmy Butler.
The Knicks are set to have close to $50 million in cap space this offseason, depending on where the cap lands based on the coronavirus impacting league revenues.
Holiday is coming off a career season shooting the basketball from deep, where he connected on 40.5% of his attempts. He provided Indiana with a strong 3-and-D presence off the bench.
While playing for the Knicks, Holiday appeared in all 82 games of the 2016-17 season under coach Jeff Hornacek. He was one of the players acquired in the deal that brought Derrick Rose to the Big Apple. Holiday would eventually sign back with the Bulls as a free agent after the 2017 season.
Before this latest report from the Indy Star, it was believed that Holiday would return to the Pacers. After being on the fence about playing in the bubble, wanting to focus on social justice issues from home, he decided to play, doing a little of everything in the Pacers’ first round exit, averaging 7.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks.