Pelicans news: Jrue Holiday wants to be more involved with decision-making in New Orleans
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Pelicans star Jrue Holiday wants to be more involved with decision-making in New Orleans

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In many ways, Jrue Holiday has become the face of the New Orleans Pelicans. This new role came in the wake of Anthony Davis’ trade request earlier this season.

At first, Holiday was unaware that he was being viewed as the team’s frontman. The distinction is becoming clear now, and he’s accepted the position. However, it sounds like he wants to have a voice in some of the decisions that will be made in the future.

Via Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate:

“I’m going to go with it,” Holiday told The Advocate. “I’m excited to run with it. I guess I’d like to be more involved with decisions and decision-making moving forward. I’d like some sit down conversations with Mickey (Loomis), Mrs. B (owner Gayle Benson) and the new GM or Danny (Ferry) if he stays.”

“Me and (coach Alvin) Gentry have a good relationship, and I can talk to him anytime. I’d like to have my opinion heard, and from there they can make the decision that they make. I want to help and I want to make this the best place it can be and I think I can help everyone.”

Holiday said if management had asked him before, he would’ve been happy to help. Pelicans brass went instead to Davis.

“And that really makes sense when you think about it,’ Holiday added, “but I guess that’s changing now.”

Holiday has been sidelined since March 7 due to an abdominal strain. He underwent surgery in late March, which ruled him out for the remainder of this season. According to the Pelicans, he’s expected to be ready for basketball activities in roughly six weeks.

In 67 appearances with the Pelicans this season (all starts), Holiday racked up averages of 21.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the field (32.5 percent from beyond the arc), 7.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and just under one block (0.8) in 35.9 minutes per outing.