The Hits Continue: Jrue Holiday Out Indefinitely with Stress Fracture

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The calender flips to 2014 and calamity ensues.

One week after losing Ryan Anderson, Pelican fans learned this morning that Jrue Holiday will be out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right tibia:

Point guard Jrue Holiday has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right tibia and is out indefinitely, the team announced Friday morning.

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It is unclear exactly when Holiday was injured. But he didn't play in the fourth quarter of the team's 102-96 loss to the Washington Wizards. In that game, Holiday played 29 minutes and turned in one of his worst performances of the season, shooting 3-for-11 from the field for eight points. He also had three assists, three rebounds and three steals.

SMH? FML!

What an incredible streak of misfortune. And here I was preparing to write an article about Holiday's durability! That we should consider ourselves lucky we don't have a high-flyer at the point guard position like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook or Eric Bledsoe.

So what kind of time frame are we looking at?

The average # of games missed for a tibia stress fracture is 22 & that doesn't include JaVale McGee who is currently at 29 games & counting.

Now all sorts of avenues are open to management as the playoffs, for this season, are out the door. Does the team go the development route and throw either/both Austin Rivers and Pierre Jackson into the fire? Is it time for a fire sale? Is a bottom five finish in the NBA within grasp so that the organization retains their 2014 first round pick?

And to boot, a report came out today that the Pelicans have been actively seeking a trade of Eric Gordon:

A little more than two years after acquiring him, and 18 months after matching a four-year, $58 million offer sheet from Phoenix, the Pelicans remain active in their pursuit of trading guard Eric Gordon, league sources told Sporting News this week. New Orleans has made contact with several teams about Gordon, even devising three-team scenarios in order to find him a new home.

Stay tuned...pretty sure there will plenty more to come.

UPDATE:

According to Chris B Haynes:

Source close to Pelicans Jrue Holiday tell they're optimistic he'll return in approximately a month from his stress fracture injury.

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