RUMOR: Pelicans content with keeping Jrue Holiday through trade deadline
The New Orleans Pelicans have yet to make a splash prior to the trade deadline and it’s likely they won’t with less than 48 hours left before its expiration. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team is content with Jrue Holiday remaining in the roster through the deadline, considering no Godfather offers have come through for the veteran two-way guard.
Vice president of basketball operations David Griffin emphasized during several media sessions that the team wasn’t “selling” Holiday, but any front office would do its due diligence to listen. The Pelicans view Holiday as a strong player and a great presence in the locker room for a relatively young team.
Griffin had Holiday in mind when building the bones of this roster and it’s likely he will stick to that vision until the end of the season, having mined enough data to figure out who should stay and who should go in the summer.
The Pelicans are 14-9 since snapping out of a 14-game losing streak from late November to mid-December. Considering no overwhelming offers have come through for Holiday, the Pelicans are best off seeing how far this roster can take them, even if they are a sizable 5.5 games back from the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference.
New Orleans could explore a trade for Holiday (19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals per game) this summer to see if they can reel in a new piece to help bolster the roster. The Pelicans have struggled upon incorporating Zion Williamson, winning only three of their seven games with him in the lineup.