It was a matter of when, not if, the Bulls would deal Justin Holiday, and it happened Thursday night. The 29-year-old shooting guard is off to Memphis in exchange for MarShon Brooks, Wayne Selden and two future second-round draft picks.
Both Brooks and Selden are in the final years of their respective deals. The bigger haul for the Bulls is the draft picks, which ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported is Memphis' own 2019 and 2020 picks. The Bulls were without a 2019 second round pick.
In 29 games this season Brooks is averaging 6.6 points and 1.6 rebounds. Selden is averaging 5.4 points and 1.4 rebounds. Neither were real rotation pieces in Memphis and don't figure to be in Chicago. The trade frees up 34.9 minutes per game at the small forward position, which will mean a bigger role for rookie first round pick Chandler Hutchison.
Late Thursday evening, Wojnarowski reported that it was made official that the Bulls have waived guard Cam Payne, to make room on the roster for Brooks and Selden.
The Bulls—also on Thursday night—released a report announcing that the trade was made official.
OFFICIAL: The Chicago Bulls have traded Justin Holiday to the Memphis Grizzlies for MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr., as well as the Grizzlies’ 2019 and 2020 second-round picks. In a related move, the Bulls also waived Cameron Payne.— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 4, 2019