The Denver Nuggets will enter the NBA offseason with the need to make a move to take the next step after losing in the Western Conference Finals. Could a trade for New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday be an option?
Apparently, a potential Holiday trade was something the Nuggets and Pelicans entertained around the time of the NBA trade deadline.
According to Mike Singer of Denver Post, there was ‘chatter’ around the NBA trade deadline between the Pelicans and Nuggets about a potential deal for Holiday. Singer wouldn’t’ be surprised if both teams re-visited those discussions in the offseason.
There was chatter at the deadline around Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if those discussions get revisited. Holiday has one year left on his contract before he can become a free agent, so the Nuggets would need to assess whether they think he could be a long-term play or if they’re comfortable going for it next season.
I think Gary Harris and/or Will Barton could absolutely be used in a trade to land a player like that, along with at least one or two first-round picks. The Nuggets have No. 22 (via Houston) this upcoming draft.
There is a clear rationale behind the Nuggets benefiting from acquiring Holiday in a trade. Gary Harris has yet to reach the next level in his development— the level Holiday is currently in his career.
The Pelicans have been reluctant to move Jrue Holiday in potential trade packages in the past. However, he does not align with the timeline of key players like Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram from a roster construction standpoint.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets need to do what they can to win a championship in the immediate future. Jrue Holiday would be an ideal match from a timeline perspective, even if there are some questions about his potential fit in Denver’s offense.
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