HoopsHype Jrue Holiday rumors

July 12, 2013 Updates

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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New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps pulled off perhaps the biggest deal of his three-year tenure. He just couldn't talk about it. Demps drafted Kentucky center Nerlens Noel sixth overall and promptly shipped him and a first-round pick in 2014 to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and a second-round pick Thursday night. Demps can't comment on the deal until it is officially approved by the NBA about July 11, when the league's new fiscal year starts. But Holiday's agent, Tony Dutt, confirmed the trade. New Orleans Times-Picayune

With the Pelicans acquiring Holiday, it's uncertain what their plans are for last season's starting point guard Greivis Vasquez, who had a breakout season after averaging a career-high 13.9 points and 9.0 assists, which ranked third in the NBA. The Pelicans also have Austin Rivers, who played both point guard and shooting guard as a rookie last season, and Brian Roberts, who becomes a free agent July 1. ''What will happen is best for my career ... So do not worry I'll be fine wherever,'' Vasquez tweeted after news of the trade spread. New Orleans Times-Picayune

June 27, 2013 Updates

The Pelicans dealt Noel and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday and this year's 42nd pick. With a perplexed look on his face, Noel tried to force out a smile. When asked about the five teams who passed him, Noel tried to stay positive, but admitted he felt overlooked. "Oh yeah, I'm going to make them pay," Noel confided to USA TODAY Sports. USA Today Sports

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