The Atlanta Hawks have had a relatively uneventful offseason. Their first move was to take John Collin’s salary off the books. On top of that, the Hawks drafted Kobe Bufkin and Seth Lundy, as well as traded for Mouhamed Gueye. This means that there was always going to be very little room on the roster for Aaron Holiday.
Still, he was the only player coming off contract on the roster and the Hawks needed to decide whether he was worth keeping around. Clearly, the Atlanta front office decided that Holiday was not worth re-signing and they let him walk.
The opportunity that came his way was not one that many would have been able to have seen. He signed on for a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The value of the deal has not been disclosed at this time, however, it is fairly safe to assume that he has signed on for the veteran’s minimum.
Ex-Atlanta Hawks guard makes an interesting career decision
The ex-Atlanta Hawks guard signing with the Houston Rockets is a bit of a head-scratcher as far as his career goes. The Rockets have Jalen Green from last season and they also added Fred Van Vleet via free agency. On top of that they drafted the size and ball handling of Amen Thompson.
This puts Holiday a long way down the depth chart and it seems unlikely that the five-year veteran will get much court time this season. While his defense is a step above some of the other players on the list, his diminutive stature causes him issues, especially with who he can share the backcourt with.
Holiday was a solid third-string for the Hawks last season and managed to play 63 games, starting six of them. He averaged 3.9 points, 1.4 assists, and 0.6 steals in 13.4 minutes per game. This is a drop in numbers from the rest of his career but this can be attributed to a massive change in role.
Still, as mentioned earlier, there was no room for Holiday on the Hawks roster this season, especially after the drafting of Bufkin. This means that he had to find a new home and there is the potential that he had no other options other than the Rockets if he wanted to continue his career.
Stranger things have happened for NBA players who have been able to revive their careers.
However, it is difficult to see Holiday reviving his career as a deep bench player on a team that had the third-worst record in the league last season.