Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday says elbow is feeling better, status still unknown for matchup vs. Jazz
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday has missed five straight games due to an elbow injury, but the All-NBA defender says he’s feeling a lot better.
The Pelicans take on the Utah Jazz on Thursday. It’s still unclear if Holiday will play or if the Pelicans will decide to give him one more game to rest.
Jrue Holiday says his elbow is feeling better. Didn't do much in practice today. His status will be determined tomorrow before the game.
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) January 15, 2020
Jrue Holiday has appeared in 34 games this season for the Pelicans. He’s averaging 19.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Holiday’s name has come up in trade rumors recently since the Pelicans appear to be on their way to missing the playoffs. New Orleans, publicly and privately, has made it clear they want to keep the 29-year-old guard this season and see what he looks like with No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson on the court. Williamson is expected to make his NBA debut on Jan. 22 against the San Antonio Spurs.
Holiday is making $26.2 million this season, owed $26.2 million next season and has a player option worth $27.1 million for the 2021-22 campaign. The Pelicans are currently 14th in the West with a 15-26 record, though it’s worth noting they are coming off a road win over the Detroit Pistons.
Could the Pelicans make a surprise run to the playoffs once Williamson comes back and gets into a rhythm? Stranger things have happened in the NBA, so we can’t fully rule out that possibility.