NBA Rumor: Jrue Holiday Free Agency

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New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday: He can opt out of $26.3 million in 2021-22 and become a free agent next summer, and he would dramatically improve Miami’s perimeter defense and give the Heat more scoring punch. The Heat really likes his game. If he maintains this past season’s production (19.1 points, 6.7 assists, 35.3 on threes), Holiday would be in line for max money in 2021.

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
4 years ago via ESPN

Mavs interested in Jrue Holiday

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.

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.’’

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.

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.”
4 years ago via ESPN

Knicks targeting Jrue Holiday in free agency?

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.
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