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Jrue Holiday says his new five-year contract with the Pelicans thrusts him into the role of helping persuade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to make a similar long-term commitment to New Orleans. “I’ve already started” lobbying Cousins, Holiday said Thursday night after signing his new contract, which his agent, Jason Glushon, has said is worth $126 million, and could balloon to $150 million with incentives.
Up until NBA free agency began July 1, Cousins was among a number of Pelicans players urging Holiday to stay in New Orleans, where he has played since 2013. “They were definitely hounding me — in a good way,” Holiday said, jokingly adding that there “might have even been threats. But whatever. It was pretty much, ‘We want you back.’ They were saying they couldn’t do this without me.”
The New Orleans Pelicans today announced that the team has re-signed guard Jrue Holiday. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Scott Kushner: Jrue: The city of New Orleans has definitely embraced us
Evan Turner: S/o to @Jrue Holiday for gettin to the chicken. You deserve it bro!!!
Free-agent guard Jrue Holiday has agreed to a five-year, $126 million deal to stay with the New Orleans Pelicans, his agent Jason Glushon told ESPN on Saturday morning.
Marc Berman: Knicks don’t get their Jrue meeting. Holiday reaches agreement with Pelicans for $150 million.
Scott Kushner: The #Pelicans were insistent from the moment Cousins was added, this was was their “Big Three”. Landing Jrue Holiday was major part of that.
Sam Amick: No deal for Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans after their meeting tonight, I’m told. He will sleep on it and reconvene in the morning.
The Knicks will get a meeting with Jrue Holiday if he doesn’t agree to a deal with the Pelicans at the start of free agency, sources confirm to ESPN.
Tony Jones: Hearing Jrue Holiday is giving consideration to signing with the Indiana Pacers. He has an offer from the New Orleans Pelicans
Ben Rohrbach: Can confirm Jrue Holiday does not anticipate deal tonight. Will consider options tomorrow. Pels willing to do whatever it takes to keep him.
Marc Stein: League sources: Growing resignation among interested teams that New Orleans comes to terms quickly with Jrue Holiday on rich five-year deal. Sources say that the Pelicans’ bond with Holiday is a super strong one after how they supported him through his recent family health crisis.
New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday will meet with Pelicans officials at the 12:01 a.m. ET start of free agency on Saturday, league sources told The Vertical. If Holiday, one of the market’s top unrestricted guards and the Pelicans’ primary summer priority, is unable to reach an agreement on a deal to remain with New Orleans, he intends to take meetings elsewhere in the first 48 hours of free agency, league sources said.
Jrue Holiday’s free-agency options are getting limited, and the odds are improving that he winds up staying put in New Orleans. According to league sources, some of the potential Holiday suitors have seen their interest drop off in recent weeks, and a glut of point guards available either by trade (Ricky Rubio, Eric Bledsoe) or free agency (George Hill, Jeff Teague) has watered down the market.
That leaves the Pelicans with scant competition. Holiday will draw interest from the Nuggets, a source said, and Denver is expected to be aggressive on the free-agent market. And, for the Pelicans, it only takes one team to draw Holiday away. But in handicapping Holiday’s next move, the Pelicans have the upper hand.
Brian Windhorst relayed to Zach Lowe on his latest podcast released this last Friday that he believes the Pelicans will pony up the money to re-sign Holiday. Starting at the 16:38 minute mark, Windhorst states: “I think New Orleans is prepared to spend, from what I understand. I think ownership understands the point in time they are with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Even if you don’t look at him as a $30 million point guard, he’s about to head there from what I understand; it will be very close.”
Alvin Gentry: I think we are planning on having Jrue back, and I’m hoping that’s something that can happen. I think if we do get him back you’re going to see the best Jrue Holiday since I’ve been here, because obviously the thing with his wife has gotten a lot better and his body is probably in the best shape it’s been in a few years. So, if we can get that done, which I think we will, then I think we’ve got a heck of a player and there are a few other guys I think we can add to the mix. The thing for us is we have to go into this season as a healthy team. By that, I mean the core we have has to be healthy
Marc Stein: Re-signing Nerlens Noel, league sources say, is Dallas’ offseason priority, far ahead of their long-anticipated interest in UFA Jrue Holiday
Bobby Marks: With Tim Frazier coming off the cap, New Orleans could have $14.5m in room but only if Jrue Holiday signs elsewhere.
Jake Fischer: The Dallas Mavericks have emerged as serious contenders to sign Jrue Holiday and his brother Justin, according to league sources.
Mike Fisher: No offense to ESPN, but we’ve been writing about #Mavs interest in Jrue Holliday since April 6. Carry on, though. scout.com/nba/mavericks/… twitter.com/seanbush3/stat…
Ian Begley: One team that’s interested in free agent point guard Jrue Holdiay? The Dallas Mavericks. League sources say members of the Mavericks organization view Holiday as a free agent target this summer. Holiday will likely command top dollar on the market and Dallas would probably have to clear some cap space to make Holiday a competitive offer. New Orleans would also like to retain Holiday and can offer him more money than any other team. Some in the Knicks organization are fans of the 26-year-old, though it’s unclear just how strong that interest is from New York. The length and amount of Holiday’s contract would likely take New York out of the running.
Sirius XM NBA: .@PelicansNBA HC Alvin Gentry “re-signing Jrue Holiday is a number one priority”
What can $19 million get the Knicks in free agency? That’s unclear at this point. But it doesn’t seem like enough to lure New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday or Indiana Pacers point guard Jeff Teague, who some in the organization see as potential free-agent targets, per league sources.
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
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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