RUMOR: The reason Mavs aren’t in on Jrue Holiday trade sweepstakes
Another team was recently crossed off the list of potential destinations for New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly not in the mix for acquiring the veteran due to the fact that the Pelicans wanted to ship him to an Eastern Conference team instead of a Western Conference team like the Mavs, as per Dallas Morning News‘ Brad Townsend.
I'm told Mavs are not in on the Jrue Holiday trade sweepstakes. One of the biggest reasons: Pels are determined to trade him to an Eastern Conference team. They don't want to compete against him.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) November 16, 2020
Indeed, Jrue Holiday is still capable of causing headaches to opposing teams despite already heading to his 12th season in the league. He proved that he still has a lot left in the tank after generating 19.1 points, 6.7 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game in 61 appearances for the Pelicans last season.
The former UCLA Bruin managed to find his place in the Pelicans’ offense despite the influx of younger talents in the team bannered by Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. It is expected that he can still perform at his usual productivity level regardless of the team that he lands on ahead of next season.
Despite the emerging news, it won’t be the end of the world for the Mavs if they fail to acquire Holiday as they still have capable guards at the helm in Luka Doncic, Seth Curry, and Tim Hardaway Jr. Perhaps the Mavs front office can make a run for another seasoned guard in the offseason if they truly wanted to instate a veteran presence in the locker room.
After being a mainstay for rebuilding squads both in Philadelphia and New Orleans, Jrue Holiday hopes to have a breathe of fresh air and finally be a contributor for a contending team this time around. The upcoming weeks will see where the one-time All-Star will land for the 2020-2021 NBA season.