Jake Madison: I’m going to talk more about it on the pod tomorrow, and play you the clips, but when Gentry and Demps speak it sounds like Holiday is gone
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Justin said during the season the brothers, who played together as youngsters, have long wanted to play again on the same team, saying, “If we can play together, that would be a dream come true and we’d be successful doing it.’’ Of course, that also means the Pelicans could be in the mix for Justin. “Now it’s time to talk, time to figure it out,’’ Justin Holiday told The Post. “We’ll take some time off. We’ll sit and talk eventually. I’m excited to see him. The family thing first and we’ll figure it out after.’’
Jackson claimed to identify “12 players’’ on the roster he feels are a triangle fit, but admitted re-signing them is the big issue. “It’s the next thing to figure out,’’ Holiday said. “It’s going to be exciting — hopefully not too stressful. I’ve never been in this position before. Shoot, having multiple teams might wanting me is a first. I’ll consider all the options, hopefully take my time and make the right decision.’’
“Jrue’s been with us for four years,” Demps said. “We love Jrue. We love his family. Obviously we’d like to have him back. He’s got a tough decision to make. We’re going to let that process play out. He’s one of my favorite players. He’s a two-way player and he’s a phenomenal person. We really enjoyed having him here.”
Scott Kushner: Dell Demps: Hopefully we can re-sign Jrue.
Scott Kushner: Dell Demps: (Jrue Holiday) is one of my favorite players.
The Pelicans, for their part, have not hesitated to say retaining Holiday tops their offseason priority list. Coach Alvin Gentry has repeatedly said Holiday is a core piece of the future, and he believes general manager Dell Demps feels the same way. “I’m sure Dell will spend time with him, but I don’t really have to say that,” Gentry said. “I mean, good God, he’s very much a part of what we need and what we’ll try to do. That goes without saying. I don’t think that even has to be discussed on my part.”
Was this the last time Jrue Holiday would wear a Pelicans jersey on Airline Drive? The heralded guard will be a free agent five games from now. What could be his final few appearances with the Pelicans begins with Tuesday’s 7 p.m. home finale against the Denver Nuggets at the Smoothie King Center. “I haven’t thought about it,” Holiday said.
Still, that may not be enough to convince Holiday to sign a long-term deal with the franchise. “For the most part, I have just kind of thought about this year,” he said. “It’s had its ups and downs and I’m blessed and my family is OK, so I’m just trying to come out and do the only thing I can do, which is be positive because everything in my life is going really well.”
There are members of the organization who also see Jrue Holiday and Jeff Teague as free agent targets. At the deadline, some discussed the idea of revisiting trade talks for Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio as well.
If point guard Jrue Holiday is to leave New Orleans as a free agent, the Knicks have an ace in the hole in drawing the former UCLA product the club passed up in the 2010 draft. Justin Holiday told The Post he and his brother have talked about playing together since they were kids. For the first time, the Holiday brothers actually can make that happen on a long-term basis. Both are free agents this summer for the first time, and the Knicks are likely to be in the market for a point guard with Derrick Rose’s chances of returning becoming slim.
“If we can play together, that would be a dream come true and we’d be successful doing it,’’ Justin Holiday told The Post on Friday. “We both want to win and both know each other’s game in and out. We both know what we’re going to get from each other when we play together. It just makes sense. “I’m not saying just because he’s my brother,’’ Holiday added. “But I know when we play together, good things happen because we know each other’s game so well. We do play hard on both ends of the floor. When you have that at both positions, it’s going to help.”
One player to keep an eye on? New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday. League sources familiar with the matter say that some in the Knicks organization view Holiday as a target in free agency this summer. Team president Phil Jackson expressed interest in trading for Holiday earlier in his tenure, so the Knicks’ current interest in him makes sense. Holiday will likely have plenty of suitors, though.
The Pelicans are prepared to do a max or near max deal for Holiday (according to sources) and that salary value may be too rich for other suitors, especially given Holiday’s injury history. While nothing is done until it’s done, the Pelicans are prepared for the risk of losing Holiday but feel like the outcome of the season post-Cousins trade and a hefty offer could help them sway Holiday back for another deal.
Anthony Davis said he would be “very involved” in trying to persuade free agent-to-be Jrue Holiday to re-sign with the Pelicans this summer. “I’m doing that right now,” Davis said. “I talk to Jrue all the time. He’ll make his own decisions, but of course we like him here. … We need him to continue to play well and then, at the end of the season, hopefully he decides to re-sign with us.”
The 23-year-old also said he would be “very involved” in trying to convince free agent-to-be Jrue Holiday to re-sign with the Pelicans this summer. “I’m doing that right now,” Davis said. “I talk to Jrue all the time. He’ll make his own decisions, but of course we like him here. … We need him to continue to play well and then, at the end of the season, hopefully he decides to re-sign with us.”
The take here is that it’s way too early to make any hard conclusions on a long-term commitment to Rose. But it’s worth noting that Jrue Holiday, who played well in a win over the Knicks and has had a strong season thus far, will be on the market as well. And if recent history is any indication, the Knicks may have interest in Holiday. Phil Jackson expressed interest in trading for Holiday earlier in his tenure as Knicks president, according to sources.
It’s unclear if Jackson’s opinion on Holiday has changed. The Knicks are probably evaluating all of their options at this point and should be able to afford one of the top point guards on the market. With a few minor roster moves, they can create the cap space needed to offer a max contract this summer.
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