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Justin Holiday reportedly near buyout with Rockets, to sign with Mavericks

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ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 14: Justin Holiday #8 of the Atlanta Hawks looks on during the game against the Orlando Magic on December 14, 2022 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

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With a core of Kyrie Irving and Luka Dončić, the Dallas Mavericks are looking to round out their roster with defenders and shooters who can complement their stars, especially with Dorian Finney-Smith traded in the deal to land Irving.

Enter veteran guard Justin Holiday, who is about to sign a contract with the Mavericks after he finalizes a contract buyout with the Rockets, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN. Holiday was traded from the Hawks to the Rockets at the deadline as part of a cost-saving move by Atlanta.

Holiday has played a limited role for the Hawks this season, appearing in 28 games, averaging 4.5 points in 14.7 minutes per game.

There had been some buzz the Rockets wanted to keep him around, but the feeling apparently was not mutual. There also were reports Holiday was a top target of the Mavericks.