3 reasons the New Orleans Pelicans should look to trade Jrue Holiday

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The New Orleans Pelicans were sent into an interesting situation after Anthony Davis essentially forced his way to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Defying the odds, the Pelicans managed to land the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and were able to select a transcendent talent, Zion Williamson. They also landed a slew of young talents like Brandon Ingram, who is now an All-Star, along with Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart plus draft picks.

There is a lot of youth in New Orleans now and that puts them in a rebuilding situation, which bodes the question, what do they do with Jrue Holiday? He was initially acquired to serve as a helpful addition alongside Davis but that era is over, and soon so should Holiday’s time with the team.

There have been attempts from teams like the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat to acquire Holiday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The asking price ‘remains high’ from the Pelicans but they are listening to trade calls for ‘anyone on the roster.’

Denver and Miami are among interested teams in Holiday and several others are expected to emerge, according to sources. Multiple teams told The Athletic that the Pelicans are listening to trade calls for anyone on the roster, but their asking price remains high on Holiday.

Pelicans President of Basketball Operations David Griffin had so much confidence in Holiday heading into the season to go as far as saying he could be in the MVP conversation. Their plan isn’t going to pan out and it would be best to not continue down that path.

It has been a solid season from Holiday even though he hasn’t been at the level that Griffin described he could potentially reach. He is averaging 20.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.4 assists essentially as Ingram’s co-star for a team that has largely struggled.

Here are three reasons the Pelicans should look to trade Jrue Holiday: