HoopsHype Jrue Holiday rumors

October 4, 2013 Updates

Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday says only once before in his career, when the 2011-12 Philadelphia 76ers stunned the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in six games in the first round then pushed the Celtics to seven in the Eastern Conference semifinals, has he played on a team so deep. "It's nice," Holiday said. "I think our first team, and our second team, if that's what you want to call it, are starters," Holiday said Thursday. "They're just as good as the first team. That definitely makes practice more competitive. It makes the starters better and the second team better, too. New Orleans Times-Picayune

October 2, 2013 Updates

So there's you, Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday. It's a very poweful backcourt. How's that going to work? Tyereke Evans: That's a good question. I think we all understand the game, but at the end of the day, when the game is on the line, we have to create for each other, making it hard for teams to stop us. That's what we really have to work on. With us three on the court, we should be able to score at will. There's no way we shouldn't be putting the ball in the hole. With the talent we've got, that's the challenge for us, open the floor for each other. HoopsHype

September 17, 2013 Updates

Holiday says that he’s determined to “be more efficient” next year, which is a good goal for the young point guard, who last season averaged a career-high 3.7 turnovers and had an efficiency rating of just 16.74 (barely above the league average of 15.0). He believes that the change of scenery, another year of his experience and his work with Coach Williams should help him achieve that goal. “He had Chris Paul,” Holiday said of Williams, who coached Paul in New Orleans during the 2010-11 season. “So from a coaching standpoint, he can help make me more efficient and better as a point guard. I’m just going to continue learning every day.” HoopsWorld

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Sixers rookies Michael Carter-Williams, and Noel, both first-round picks, remain unsigned. The Sixers will eventually sign them, but for now, they can maximize their cap space by keeping Noel and Carter-Williams off the books. Noel, who was selected sixth overall by New Orleans before the Sixers acquired him in a trade involving Jrue Holiday, will have a cap hold of $2,643,600. Selected 11th by the 76ers, Carter-Williams' cap hold will be $1,834,100. Philadelphia Inquirer

July 26, 2013 Updates

Jrue Holday and Ryan Anderson have heard about the New Orleans Pelicans as one of the teams considering the signing of Greg Oden, and both endorse the possibility. “Signing [Oden] would be awesome, a great addition to what we want to do,” Holiday told RealGM late Thursday. RealGM

July 25, 2013 Updates

Pondering that question first requires the double-take that comes with the franchise’s new nickname, a Gulf Coast- centric moniker that drew some guffaws and raised eyebrows when the change from ‘Hornets’ was officially announced earlier this year. “I mean, it’s funny, I’m not going to lie,” new point guard Jrue Holiday admitted Wednesday. “It’s funny saying it. ‘We’re the Pelicans.’ But I’ve said it about half a million times now, so I’m used to it.” SI.com

July 24, 2013 Updates

Ninety seconds. As Jrue Holiday tells it, a minute and a half was all he needed to get over the initial shock and disappointment of finding out that he’d been traded for the first time, by the only NBA team he’d ever known. Holiday was watching the NBA draft on June 27 with friends when he learned that Philadelphia had dealt him to New Orleans. As the unexpected news started to sink in, one of Holiday’s buddies started listing some of the notable names on the Pelicans’ roster. “My best friend was like, ‘Hey, you’re playing with Eric Gordon,’ ” Holiday remembered this week in Las Vegas. “I was like, ‘Oh snap.’ And then he said, ‘And you know you’re going to have Anthony Davis, right?’ I was like, ‘Oh snap’ again. Then he just started naming off dudes, like Ryan Anderson. Then (in July) we brought in Tyreke (Evans).” NBA.com

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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they have acquired 2013 All Star Point Guard Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson, the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, in exchange for the Pelicans first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, with whom they selected Kentucky F Nerlens Noel, as well as the Pelicans top five lottery protected first round selection in next year’s draft. “Jrue is the ideal fit for our team having already established himself as an All-Star guard at the age of 23,” said General Manager Dell Demps. “His leadership abilities also fit the culture we are developing for our franchise and he will be an integral addition to the Pelicans family for many years to come.” “We are very pleased with the opportunity to add a high character player with talent and experience to our roster like Jrue,” said Head Coach Monty Williams. “We believe he will be an integral part of our program and help us continue in the positive direction we are headed as a team.” NBA.com

July 12, 2013 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they have acquired 2013 All Star Point Guard Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson, the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, in exchange for the Pelicans first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, with whom they selected Kentucky F Nerlens Noel, as well as the Pelicans top five lottery protected first round selection in next year’s draft. NBA.com

“Jrue is the ideal fit for our team having already established himself as an All-Star guard at the age of 23,” said General Manager Dell Demps. “His leadership abilities also fit the culture we are developing for our franchise and he will be an integral addition to the Pelicans family for many years to come.” NBA.com

The Jrue Holiday-for-Nerlens Noel trade will become official Friday night, according to multiple sources. The New Orleans Pelicans will have a press conference at 7:30 p.m. to introduce Holiday as their new point guard. Wednesday was the first day that NBA deals and free-agent signings could be completed. The recently married Holiday was on his honeymoon, which led to the trade being delayed until Friday. Philadelphia Inquirer

The New Orleans Pelicans held a news conference yesterday to introduce one of their new players. That player wasn't Jrue Holiday, though, it was Tyreke Evans. The Pelicans couldn't mention Holiday's name because the trade with the Sixers that eventually will bring Nerlens Noel and a first-round pick to Philadelphia still hasn't been finalized. "Could be sometime early next week," said one source. The problem seems to be that Holiday is still on his honeymoon. Something apparantly has to be completed with him present, whether it be a physical or signing paperwork. So don't expect any Noel introduction (most likely not at the Constitution Center) anytime soon, at least not until early next week. Philadelphia Inquirer

July 10, 2013 Updates

Bob Cooney: Sixers trades won't be completed today, I'm told. Jrue Holiday is on honeymoon so won't be done till he can complete paperwork and all. Twitter @BobCooney76

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