HoopsHype Jrue Holiday rumors

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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

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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. 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

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The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder said Jrue, an NBA all-star point guard, is "doing well" after being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans on draft night. The Sixers acquired the rights to Nerlens Noel, the sixth overall pick, and a 2014 first-round pick in exchange for Jrue Holiday and second-round pick. "I think he handled this pretty well," Justin Holiday said. "He's been in the league for how many years? Four or 5 years. He understands this is a business. He's OK." Philadelphia Inquirer

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