Jrue Holiday (elbow) questionable for Pelicans on Monday vs. Jazz
Pelicans say Jrue Holiday (Left Elbow Contusion) is questionable for Monday’s game vs the Jazz.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) January 5, 2020
Holiday has played in all but two games for the Pelicans this year, averaging 19.6 points, 6.5 assists and 4.9 rebounds. His production and individual effort have not been able to make up for a Pelicans squad that ranks 28th in opponents scoring average and 24th in defensive rating, according to Basketball Reference.
The Pelicans have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league. Despite a spectacular season from Brandon Ingram and a recent run of good games from Lonzo Ball, the Pelicans find themselves at 12-24 and 14th in the Western Conference.
However, New Orleans are only three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Moreover, Zion Williamson could make his debut later this month.
Still, the slight possibility of making a playoff run has not stopped the inundation of trade rumors surrounding Jrue Holiday. The former All-Star signed a five-year extension back in 2017, but the slow start has forced the Pelicans to weigh their options (via Sam Quinn of CBS Sports):
Fortunately, the Pelicans are. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Jrue Holiday is available, and unlike with Davis, nobody has cornered the market. Every team in the NBA can use a 20-point scorer who can play both guard spots and consistently makes All-Defensive teams. The cost of admission? A few valuable assets, and a willingness to accept the two years and approximately $53 million left on his deal beyond this season
Holiday’s future in New Orleans might very well depend on how the team performs over the course of the next month. For now, they will hope he can heal up and return to the floor.