Official: Hawks trade Huerter to Kings for Holiday, Harkless, first-round pick

The Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Justin Holiday, forward Maurice Harkless, and a future first-round pick in exchange for guard Kevin Huerter, the team announced Wednesday.

Holiday, who Sacramento acquired on February 8 in a trade with the Indiana Pacers, appeared in 74 total games during the 2021-22 season (65 starts), averaging 10.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 27.8 minutes.

In nine NBA seasons, the 33-year-old Holiday has appeared in 576 games (285 starts), tallying 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 24.6 minutes.

Holiday’s younger brother, Aaron, was recently signed by the Atlanta Hawks, while his older brother, Jrue, is a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Harkless, 29, appeared in 47 games (24 starts) for the Kings during the 2021-22 season, notching 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.4 minutes.

The 10-year veteran has appeared in 621 games (372 starts), averaging 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 22.6 minutes

“In acquiring Justin and Moe, we add two defensive-minded, quality veterans who can help our team on the court and in the locker room,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk via a press release announcing the move. “We would like to thank Kevin for his contributions, both on and off the court. He grew as a player and person in his four seasons with us, and we wish him the best in Sacramento.”

Last season, Huerter averaged 12.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per contest for Atlanta.

In four seasons in Atlanta, the 23-year-old Huerter appeared in 274 games (216 starts), averaging 11.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 29.6 minutes.

Huerter’s biggest moment with the Hawks was in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in Atlanta’s Game 7 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on June 20, 2021; he poured in 27 points on 10-18 shooting from the field, including a 2-4 clip from deep, in addition to seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 40 minutes of play.

Hawks add another Holiday

In another move, the Hawks signed guard Aaron Holiday.

According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

Last season with the Suns, Holiday appeared in 22 games (one start), averaging 6.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 16.3 minutesĀ 

Phoenix acquired the 25-year-old on February 10 in a trade with the Washington Wizards. In total, the 6-0 guard saw action in 63 games (15 starts) during the 2021-22 season, notching 6.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 16.2 minutes of play (.447 FG%, .379 3FG%, .868 FT%). His .447 field goal percentage marked a career-high clip from the floor.

Drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Holiday has appeared in 245 games (56 starts) over his four-year career, owning averages of 7.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 18.2 minutes.

Hawks deal Landale to Phoenix

Also, on Wednesday, the Hawks completed a trade with the Phoenix Suns. Atlanta received cash considerations in exchange for center Jock Landale. Landale was acquired on June 30 in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs that sent Dejounte Murray to Atlanta.

As a rookie, the 26-year-old played in 54 games with San Antonio in 2021-22, averaging 4.9 points on 49.5% from the field and 82.9% from the free throw line plus 2.6 rebounds in 10.9 minutes. The Australian native had 10 games scoring in double figures including a career-high 26 points, making 12-of-15 field goals, on March 12 vs. Indiana.