NBA Rumor: Jrue Holiday Trade?

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Shams Charania: Trade complete: MIL: Jrue Holiday, No. 60 pick Sam Merrill NOLA: Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, ‘25/’27 1sts, ‘24/’26 swaps via MIL OKC: George Hill, Josh Gray, Kenrich Williams, Zylan Cheatham, Darius Miller, ‘23 protected 1st via Denver, two 2nd round picks DEN: RJ Hampton

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Kevin O’Connor: I appreciate you sharing this but the context matters: Portland has already expressed interest but as I said on the podcast it’s highly unlikely anything happens. They don’t have the pieces that other teams do. It does, however, illustrate their intentions to bolster that teams.

The Hawks are not interested in making this kind of move for someone who is already 30 years old and on an expiring contract. There’s no doubt that Holiday would be an excellent fit next to Young in the backcourt because of Holiday’s defensive prowess and ability to be a secondary playmaker, but this kind of deal would be better suited for a team looking to win a championship this year, and the Hawks aren’t in that conversation. They certainly could be involved in a three-team deal with New Orleans where the main piece is Holiday, but at this time, he wouldn’t be playing for Atlanta. If the Hawks could just give up the sixth pick and some other smaller pieces, it would be considered but not if it includes giving up potentially two young pieces.

Jrue Holiday open to making it work in NOLA

His love for New Orleans is real. He’s one of the most beloved figures in franchise history, and he’s said before that he views certain people in the organization and around the city as part of his family. Moving on to a new city would be another adjustment for his family and for Holiday himself, who has blossomed with the Pelicans partially because of the comfort he feels in his current situation and role. Sources tell me this is a big reason why Holiday hasn’t demanded a trade from New Orleans as of yet. He’s still open to the idea of making it work with this young roster. He also recognizes how special the Williamson-Ingram combination could be one day, and being part of their ascension is something that’s intrigued several veterans around the league.

Holiday is commonly viewed as a player who would fit perfectly with Kevin Durant and Jrue Holiday due to his ability to play off the ball and his ability on defense while matching Brooklyn’s timeline of contention. “That certainly is something that’s been out there and I think it has been reported. If it hasn’t been reported, I found out somewhere, I don’t think it was from an executive, maybe it was, there was some discussions between the Nets and Pelicans in February.”

Mike Singer: My gut tells me the Nuggets leave no stone unturned this offseason. There was chatter at the deadline around Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if those discussions get revisited. Holiday has one year left on his contract before he can become a free agent, so the Nuggets would need to assess whether they think he could be a long-term play or if they’re comfortable going for it next season. I think Gary Harris and/or Will Barton could absolutely be used in a trade to land a player like that, along with at least one or two first-round picks. The Nuggets have No. 22 (via Houston) this upcoming draft.

My gut tells me the Nuggets leave no stone unturned this offseason. There was chatter at the deadline around Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if those discussions get revisited. Holiday has one year left on his contract before he can become a free agent, so the Nuggets would need to assess whether they think he could be a long-term play or if they’re comfortable going for it next season. I think Gary Harris and/or Will Barton could absolutely be used in a trade to land a player like that, along with at least one or two first-round picks. The Nuggets have No. 22 (via Houston) this upcoming draft.

Mike Singer: My gut tells me the Nuggets leave no stone unturned this offseason. There was chatter at the deadline around Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if those discussions get revisited. Holiday has one year left on his contract before he can become a free agent, so the Nuggets would need to asses whether they think he could be a long-term play or if they’re comfortable going for it next season. I think Gary Harris and/or Will Barton could absolutely be used in a trade to land a player like that, along with at least one or two first-round picks. The Nuggets have No. 22 (via Houston) this upcoming draft.

According to Tom Haberstroh, one of them is New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday. “I think they are going to obviously try to get Jrue Holiday in New Orleans,” Haberstroh speculated to NBC Sports Bay Area,” Jrue Holiday is an elite perimeter defender, he may not have made All-Defense but I think he is right up there with the best perimeter defenders in the league, and I think he’d be a great fit next to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.”

“He’s not going to come cheaply, so in order to get someone like Jrue Holiday, you’ll have to give up assets, and certainly David Griffin would be asking for a boatload of whatever the Golden State Warriors have,” Haberstroh explained, “It is going to be tough to envision a deal that works for both sides, but I do think that if you’re going to get a star, or an up and coming star, you’ll have to give up something to get something, and Jrue Holiday is really really good, it’s just a question of New Orleans if they want to keep him or Lonzo Ball is their future point guard.”

Shams Charania on Jrue Holiday: There was a lot of talk around the league that he did not want to be in New Orleans and as the trade deadline near he let New Orleans know that, ‘I do not want to be moved, I’d rather stay here see and this thing through’ and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that they really started to play well and then Zion Williamson’s return was right around the corner. That’s why I think this finish for New Orleans is going to be so important. Can they get in the playoffs? What damage can they do?

Shams Charania on Jrue Holiday: There was a lot of talk around the league that he did not want to be in New Orleans and as the trade deadline near he let New Orleans know that, ‘I do not want to be moved, I’d rather stay here see and this thing through’ and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that they really started to play well and then Zion Williamson’s return was right around the corner. That’s why I think this finish for New Orleans is going to be so important. Can they get in the playoffs? What damage can they do?

John Hollinger: The underlying assumption, of course, is that Holiday has significant trade value, but I believe that he does. It seems reasonable to me that the Pelicans could expect to net two firsts in a Holiday deal, as well as some players as part of the salary match. However, time is wasting because of the option year on Holiday’s deal — this offseason would be the time to act. A year ago we were in a similar position in Memphis with Mike Conley, albeit facing an easier decision because the team wasn’t as good. I think everyone can look back now and see the Grizzlies are in a much better long-term position as a result of that trade and the subsequent moves it enabled, and I think the Pelicans could have a similar benefit if they play their cards correctly.

But Holiday looked at his situation in New Orleans and felt like something special was being built and he wanted to be a part of it. “I feel like what we’re doing here is something promising,” Holiday said. “I feel like so many years I’ve had so many different teammates and it’s been uncertain what’s happening with the roster from year to year. Obviously with the new management and the new guys coming in, we’re fairly young but we’re all very, very hungry. What we have here, we can build together.”

He sees where this Pelicans team is now and feels like they are on the cusp of making that happen even sooner than some expected. “I’d love to win, I feel like that’s everybody, right? But at the same time, I feel like we have a good thing going here and we can possibly push to where we want to get to,” Holiday said. “I’ve been on two teams, but I’ve been in a bunch of different situations. I’ve been on teams that made it to the second round and others that didn’t really go anywhere. I feel pretty good about where we’re at right now.

Throughout this season, there has been speculation among teams about Holiday eventually wanting a trade out of New Orleans. However, league sources told The Athletic that Holiday has made clear he’s happy in New Orleans and committed to the city and team. According to sources with knowledge of his thinking, Holiday is said to want to take the rest of the season to view how this team performs, how the Pelicans can build upon winning 12 of their 18 games since Dec. 23 and how they can build down the road.

Miami has tried to solve the equation at times by going super-small, with Jimmy Butler at power forward. That is a little too small. Adebayo is so strong and athletic, you forget he’s only 6-9. Miami has been a middle-of-the-pack defensive team after a stingy start. They have to be careful. They are one player away from being really dangerous. They know. They are looking, sources say. A lot of speculation about the Heat — and other teams — has centered around Jrue Holiday. He’s good. The Pelicans may opt to keep him and push for the No. 8 seed. (This is what suitors expect as of now — which could of course change.)

Given a variety of hypothetical deals to consider, Holiday to the Nuggets would do more for Denver than, say, Boston overcoming the considerable salary-cap challenges it would face in trying to acquire Kevin Love from Cleveland or Miami importing Kyle Lowry from Toronto. Perhaps the Heat could also make a run at Holiday, but I rate Denver, which has been very methodical in its teambuilding, as the most intriguing hope for a landscape-changing trade during the season.

Teams monitoring Jrue Holiday situation?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, teams are monitoring whether or not the Pelicans will make Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick available in the midst of their 6-21 start to the season: “Jrue Holiday has loved being in New Orleans. He’s embraced that town, but he’s at a point in his career, too, where he’s not going to be interested in a rebuild. It’s becoming that, so I think you’re going to see a lot of the league here wanting to see Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick — who signed a two-year deal. There’s not a contender in the league who wouldn’t love to get JJ Redick on their roster. So I think [teams will] watch how this plays out in New Orleans between now and the first of the year, ’cause most of the teams are watching to see if they can get at some of those guys.”

Despite the struggles, injury woes and departures, Holiday is committed to playing in New Orleans and has not asked for a trade. “It wasn’t my time. I wanted to stay here and see what we can do,” Holiday said. “A lot of the times, too, there was a point where we weren’t healthy or something happened or whatever it was. I always felt like our full potential was always taken from us because whatever the circumstance may be. I’m still hopeful and encouraged. I’m still ready to go out and hoop.”

Suns an option for Jrue Holiday?

It will also frustrate teams looking for a versatile point guard in his prime, hoping that Holiday would be on the block. League sources say the Suns are considered a top contender should Holiday be made available, the ideal fit for a team badly in need of a multifaceted veteran at the point. But Orlando would have interest, too, as would Chicago – though Holiday’s brother, Justin, did not have a sterling experience with the Bulls this season before being traded to the Grizzlies.
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Sixers interested in Jrue Holiday

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