After failing to qualify for 2019-20 season playoffs, the New Orleans Pelicans will look to bounce back under new head coach Stan Van Gundy. In order to improve their ability to contend in the extremely competitive Western Conference, the Pelicans plan to make some moves with their roster, and one appears to include start point guard Jrue Holiday.
The Pelicans are openly discussing Holiday in trade talks and several teams are pursuing, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. As Zion Williamson enters his second season, it appears as though the Pelicans are fully committing to their youth movements.
Holiday currently has two years reminding on his current contract, including a player option worth more than $26 million for the 2021-22 season.
On Wednesday, New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin opened up about the possibility of trading Holiday.
Oleh Kosel of SB Nation shared Griffin’s views that came during a VIP event with new head Stan Van Gundy. Griffin said it is the front office’s responsibility to listen to trade offers and evaluate but suggested that does not mean the Pelicans will move Holiday during the offseason.
Holiday is a two-time All-Defensive selection and was a 2012-13 All-Star in his final of four seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers.
He has been with the Pelicans ever since as an important piece of their backcourt on both ends of the floor. He averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45.5% from the field and 35.3% from the three-pointer line this past season as a veteran option on a team with plenty of young talent.
The Pelicans may have enough talent to compete for a playoff spot in 2020-21, but moving Holiday could also open up the door to improve their future standing in the Western Conference.