NBA Trade Rumors: Pelicans Won’t Move Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday has been extremely injury-prone over the last few seasons. But the New Orleans Pelicans are not willing to let go off their starting point guard, according to latest NBA trade rumors.Advertisement
Holiday, who featured in only 74 of a maximum of 164 regular season games over the last few years, has stepped up his game in recent months. Since the start of December, the former Sixer is averaging 20.2 points, 6.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.6 made threes, per 36 minutes.
This month, too, Holiday is averaging 20.6 points and 8.5 assists with a phenomenal PER of 22.3. But is Holiday the answer to Pelicans’ woes? The 16-28 New Orleans are still on the outside looking in, as far as a playoff berth is concerned. Will they succumb to pressure and move Holiday?
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Zach Lowe revealed that Utah Jazz’s executives are looking to replace Trey Burke and/or Raul Neto with Holiday, especially since Dante Exum is out for the season with an ACL injury.
“Jrue Holiday would work (for Utah Jazz), but suitors are petrified of his leg issues, and the Pelicans, low on quality young players, are reluctant to deal him, league sources said,” wrote Lowe.
With Anthony Davis’ recent injury troubles, the Pelicans haven’t been able to muster up a streak to pull them back to relevancy. Last year, despite Holiday’s season-ending injury, the Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs in the regular season to edge past Thunder for the final playoff spot.
This season, the Pelicans would need to go on a similar hot streak to challenge for the eighth seed.
According to the ESPN Trade Machine, Holiday for Neto and Burke can work. However, the Pelicans would prefer a more proven guard such as Alec Burks, who stands to make close to $10 million this season. Holiday still has two years left on his contract, which fetches him $10.6 million this season.
Stay tuned for more NBA trade rumors.