Former UW Husky Justin Holiday has agreed to sign a deal with the Atlanta Hawks according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Holiday is coming off winning an NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors.
The deal will be made official today when free agency opens (and everyone can leave DeAndre Jordan’s house). According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, it is a guaranteed two-year deal. The Warriors did not extend a qualifying offer to Holiday who was an unrestricted free agent this summer. He played sparingly with the Warriors during its playoff run. The former Romar guard will help out as a wing player for the Hawks after DeMarre Carroll left the team to take a lucrative deal with the Toronto Raptors.
The Hawks were a surprise team in the Eastern Conference last year and the team sees the 26-year-old Holiday as a player with upside that can help the team especially on the defensive end. The Hawks also see Holiday as an upstanding individual off the court per the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Holiday made the announcement via social media as he thanked the Warriors fans. The move should be good for Holiday as a player as he has the opportunity to play a bigger role for the Hawks than he would with the Warriors.
You can see Holiday as well as several other former UW Husky players Friday night at KeyArena as part of the Jamal Crawford Summer ProAm in conjunction with the WNBA's Seattle Storm.
I am excited to join the Atlanta Hawks. Thank you for the opportunity.— Justin Holiday (@JustHolla7) July 9, 2015