David Griffin hints at Jrue Holiday’s rock-solid place within team
New Orleans Pelicans newly-hired Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin expressed hope that guard Jrue Holiday would remain with the team, despite the likely impending teardown of this roster.
Holiday admitted he chose to re-sign with the Pelicans mostly due to his partnership with Anthony Davis, who is now likely to find his way out of town during the offseason.
However Griffin noted Holiday is an example of the characters which he wants to build this organization around.
David Griffin said Jrue Holiday respresents the kind of player the Pelicans want to be.
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Asked if he considers the 28-year-old a foundational building block, the new front office executive nodded.
Q: "Do you consider Jrue a foundational building block?"
Griffin: "I absolutely do."
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It’s tough to say if Holiday would consider staying if Davis goes, as he would likely be the lone star charged to carry the team in a year of likely rebuilding for the organization.
Holiday still has at least two years on his contract and a player-option in 2021-22, should he decide to take it.
The Pelicans have no obligation to trade him, but if they are to undergo a complete, full-fledged rebuild, it would be candid to swap him for young pieces and mentoring veterans, rather than potentially wasting the prime of his career.
Holiday is coming off a career-best season, posting 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game — numbers that are definitely All-Star-worthy, but that faded into the background due to the Pelicans’ struggles in a loaded Western Conference.
Griffin must first assess Davis’ situation, but Holiday should be a close second after he confirms whether the talisman will stay or leave prior to the start of free agency.