Nets tried to trade for Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday at deadline. Will they try again?
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday has been involved in countless trade rumors in recent seasons. Brian Windhorst of ESPN recently reported on The Hoop Collective podcast that the Brooklyn Nets and Pelicans had discussions about the guard at the February deadline.
“That’s certainly something that’s been out there,” he told colleagues Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps. “I think it’s been reported but if it hasn’t, I found out somewhere – I don’t think it was from an executive —maybe it was— that there was some discussion between the Nets and Pelicans in February.”
Despite the deal not pushing through then, Windhorst doesn’t rule out the possibility of it happening this offseason. The Nets are looking for a third star to play alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. While Holiday may be a borderline star, he would be a strong fit given his defensive prowess and the fact that he doesn’t need to always have the ball in his hands.
Windy added that any deal for the 30-year-old Holiday would likely involve the Nets parting ways with rising star Caris LeVert and big man Jarrett Allen. Both players now hold an increased market value due to their good showing in the bubble before being swept by the Toronto Raptors in a first-round series.
The former UCLA product owns a $27.1 million player option for the 2021-22 season after he rakes in $26.2 million next season. That’s a hefty amount of money, and at this stage it seems like he would likely exercise that option. However, nothing is set in stone on that front, which could alter how the Pelicans view the situation. Still, there’s also a good chance they decide to keep their veteran guard.
Holiday averaged 19.1 points and 6.7 assists while shooting 45.5% overall and 35.3% from 3.