The New Orleans Pelicans have made guard Jrue Holiday available in trade talks, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports. This marks a stark contrast with last season when the franchise was intent on retaining the veteran.
Holiday’s value as a productive, versatile leader is substantial and the rebuilding Pels could leverage that for assets as they complete their transition to their new core of young players.
Holiday has averaged 19.4 points and 6.8 assists per game in his seventh season with New Orleans and could make an immediate impact on any team willing to give up a sufficient package.
It’s unclear at this stage just what sort of haul David Griffin and company would be interested in, other than a significant one.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski spoke with colleague Zach Lowe about possible Holiday trade scenarios over the weekend and discussed the high demand for Holiday that popped up around the league this time last season, following Anthony Davis’ trade request.
Holiday has played the two for New Orleans recently but came into the league as a point guard.