NOVEMBER 22: The Pacers have issued a press release officially confirming their new deal with Holiday.
“Re-signing Justin was one of our main priorities going into free agency,” president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement. “His contributions last season were tremendous. He can play multiple positions and is extremely versatile. He also represents this franchise as a true professional, on and off the court.”
NOVEMBER 20: The Pacers are bringing back shooting guard Justin Holiday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who reports (via Twitter) that the two sides have agreed to a three-year, $18MM deal. It’ll be fully guaranteed, tweets Ian Begley of SNY.tv.
Holiday, 31, was a key second-unit player in Indiana in 2019/20, averaging 8.3 PPG and 3.3 RPG on .428/.405/.791 shooting in 73 games (25.0 MPG). He was the only regular rotation player for the Pacers who was a free agent this week.
After earning $4.77MM last season, Holiday was eligible for a starting salary worth up to 120% of that amount using his Non-Bird rights, and it appears that’s how the Pacers will re-sign him. The total value of his deal should be about $18.02MM, and Indiana will still have its mid-level exception available if needed.
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