Interestingly, Harden would have to be part of any deal for Holiday, per Charania. And since the Blazers aren’t interested in Harden, a third team would need to be involved.
Harden requested a trade and the Clippers are said to be his preferred destination. It is not known, though, how much the Clippers would be willing to surrender. So far this summer, it’s not been a whole lot.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia clearly believes a championship-winning veteran such as Holiday could keep it in contention.
“Philadelphia has interest in him, and Philadelphia is going to be going hard at him,” Charania said of Holiday on the Pat McAfee Show podcast. “So, James Harden would have to be a part of a transaction like that.”
Holiday, 33, is also said to be drawing interest from the Celtics and Heat and several others. He has a mutual interest in playing for the 76ers or any other contender, reports say.
The Trail Blazers have no intention of keeping him as they focus on their younger backcourt. Still, sources have told Hoops Wire that they do admire Holiday’s professionalism and production and would only move him for the right return.