According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Jrue Holiday has been made available by the New Orleans Pelicans in trade talks around the league.
Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports wrote that up to 10 teams could be in pursuit of Holiday last month, and Holiday’s name has been heard in the rumor mill since Anthony Davis was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers during the last offseason. Many have often pointed to the fact that the 30-year-old’s age does not coincide with the timeline of the young core of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball.
Before the start of last season, however, David Griffin made Holiday the face of the franchise, and then prior to the trade deadline, the Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations downplayed all trade talk, stating to Fox Sports New Orleans in an interview that the Pelicans were “clearly not” looking to move Jrue.
Following a disappointing 30-42 season in which the team failed to make the playoffs though, questions arose once more about Holiday’s long-term viability with the Pelicans.
Holiday has two years left on his current contract, but it’s a player option in his final year. In effect, Holiday could walk away from the Pelicans after this upcoming season and New Orleans wouldn’t be able to recoup any assets with the departure of a very valuable player.
Considering Holiday’s worth may never be higher and the fact that he may be the biggest name available this offseason, Griffin is smart to gauge the market of New Orleans seven-year veteran guard. In addition, it would not be the least bit surprising to learn that Holiday is ready to join a contender or that his next contract demands would be too difficult to fit into future salary caps.
Stay tuned for more updates as they unfold, but at this point, it looks like the Pelicans may soon say goodbye to one of their best players in franchise history.