It started with a Wednesday morning tweet from Shams Charania …
The New Orleans Pelicans are openly discussing the Jrue Holiday star in trade negotiations and some competing teams are chasing, sources for @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 4, 2020
And at the end of the day, David Griffin, the executive vice president of basketball operations at the Pelicans, responded to Shams’s tweet, praising Holiday but at the same time admitting that yes, he was actually playing. Oleh Kosel of The Bird Writes, our sister site SB Nation, posted a review of Griffin̵7;s comments. His intentions are clearly stated: using Holiday as a product that helps the Pelicans “be highly competitive today and build towards a competitive future” while putting Holiday “in the best position. to succeed”.
Very simple, as Kosel wrote on Wednesday, Holiday’s age – 30 – and salary – $ 26.2 million next season with a player option of $ 27.1 million over 2021-22 – does not match the Pelicans timeline. Griffin, his GM, Trajan Langdon and new head coach Stan Van Gundy are building around Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, none of them older than 23.
Of particular interest to Nets fans, Griffin noted, “We had similar chats at the term of last year’s trade.” In a discussion of commercial scenarios aired on October 19 above The Hoop Collective podcast, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has reported that Nets and Pelican There were discussions about New Orleans point guard force at the end of February. He admitted his recollection was a big fog.
Windhorst told colleagues Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps: “It’s definitely something out there. “I think it was reported but otherwise, I found out somewhere – I don’t think it was from an executive director – maybe – that there was some discussion between the Nets and the Pelicans. in February.”
A week earlier, Windhorst speculates that any agreement for the Vacation will begin with Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen New Orleans. During the October 19 podcast, Windhorst did not provide any details on how such a deal would be structured but again suggested that LeVert and Allen will likely be asked.
Indeed, Vincent Goodwill noted Wednesday that as many as 10 NBA teams have asked about Holiday’s status, some of them certainly like the Nets contenders. And The Athletic beat-down Pelican writer Will Guillory reported, also on Wednesday, that two other top NBA clubs, Heat and the Nuggets, had been in discussions with the Pelicans on a deadline.
Guillory lists the Nets and two Los Angeles teams as likely. Holiday is an LA native. As for the Nets team, Guillory said, “The Brooklyn Nets team is another team looking to find the right pieces to complement their All-Star team including Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.”
The vacation will definitely fill the bill. Not only did he qualify as the “third star”, he was named to the All-In Defense Squad in 2018 and 2019 and the NBA’s “Team of the Year” in 2020. Last season, he he has an average of 19.1 points, 6.7 assists and a 45/35/71 shot line.