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
Storyline: Jrue Holiday Free Agency
Alvin Gentry: I told him the way his game can improve the most is he’s got to get himself in absolutely great condition. And if he gets himself in great condition I think it eliminates some of the cheap fouls he picks up. I think it eliminates some of the defensive lapses that he has and I think he’s in a position where his game can grow. I still think he’s the best player in the league at his position. I think him being in great shape, and if you see his body right now, I was so impressed by his workout and by the way he is eating. So those things I was really impressed with, and if he continues on that path, he’ll be really good.
Was it important to get a statement from ownership this summer knowing where you stand? What’s been their message to you? Alvin Gentry: It’s really, in all honesty, one of those things I never worry about. I go on about my day every day like I’m going to be here long-term, because it’s a decision that I don’t have any bearing on. So I don’t spend any time on it. I spend my time trying to figure out the best way to coach the team and figure out how can we be better and how can we improve. That’s where all my energy is. I’ve never been a guy that worried about things I didn’t have any control over.
Storyline: Alvin Gentry Hot Seat?
The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of guards Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies (80 points, 17 First Team votes) and Danny Green of the Spurs (68 points, 21 First Team votes), center Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (58 points) and forwards Andre Roberson of the Oklahoma City Thunder (53 points, 3 First Team votes) and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks (35 points, 7 First Team votes).