The potential market for Jrue Holiday continues to expand.
Both the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks have long been rumored to have an interest in the New Orleans Pelicans guard, and now we can legitimately add Southwest Division rivals the Dallas Mavericks to the list.
Incidentally, Jrue is not the only Holiday on the Mavs list of targets. Justin Holiday, also a free agent, has also been named as a target. It was Justin that said in March that both Holidays hope to play together.
The Dallas Mavericks have emerged as serious contenders to sign Jrue Holiday and his brother Justin, according to league sources.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 14, 2017
If signing together is a deal breaker for the Holiday brothers, New Orleans may find the price point beyond their reach. Without diving too deep into salary cap minutiae, the Pelicans lack much flexibility to offer Justin Holiday more than the mid-level exception unless significant moves are also part of the process. Possible? Yes. Costly? Also yes.
Think trading a big contract or two (Solomon Hill might be more difficult than E'Twaun Moore) while additionally waiving goodbye to bird rights for Dante Cunningham. Is all that worth signing both Jrue and Justin Holiday to contracts above market value for their on-court contributions? We've debated that for months now and while substantial disagreement exists within the blog staff, to say nothing of the wider Pelicans fan base, it is fair to say results lean away from paying Jrue Holiday big bucks.
The off-season is finally here. In the next three weeks we will see the NBA Draft and much of the free agent market choose their destinations. Does Jrue Holiday stay in New Orleans? Will his brother Justin join him? Answers to those questions and more are fast approaching.