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Pelicans’ David Griffin says Jrue Holiday is “all in” with recruiting, leading

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In the mind of New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president for basketball operations David Griffin, it is without question that this is Jrue Holiday’s team. According to the 46-year-old exec himself, Holiday appears to be heeding the call, and has gone out of his way to establish himself as the team’s talisman.

With the recent arrival of highly-touted youngster Zion Williamson via the draft, many consider him to be the face of the franchise moving forward. This does not appear to be the case just yet for Griffin, as he has handpicked Holiday to be the man who will be tasked to lead the charge for New Orleans.

Holiday, 29, is entering his 10th year in the NBA, and his seventh with the Pelicans. Lest season, with Anthony Davis bouncing in and out of the lineup for various reasons, the 6-foot-4 combo guard stepped up his game, and put forward arguably his best season to date. In 67 appearances last year, Holiday put up 21.2 points (on 47.2 percent shooting), 1.8 three-pointers, 5.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 35.9 minutes per contest.

Next season, Holiday will be leading a revamped New Orleans team. Lonzo Ball will be manning the point, along with Holiday as the team’s new backcourt duo. Brandon Ingram will start at the three spot, while Zion will be the team’s starting power forward. It is still uncertain if Julius Randle will opt to stay on with the Pelicans next season, so Holiday might need to recruit a new starting big man for the new year.