Even though we don’t even know when the next NBA season is going to start, we can be sure that every single one of the league’s General Managers is working overtime to try and get some deals done.
There are plenty of contending teams that know that their rivals are going to get better. That means that they also must make a couple of moves if they don’t want to be caught slippin’ and make a run at the upcoming NBA Championship.
And, according to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports, New Orleans Pelicans’ guard Jrue Holiday is going to be at the top of the wishlist for, at least, one-third of the league:
“One hot name: New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. According to sources, around 10 teams are inquiring about his services and one team hot after him is the Denver Nuggets, eager to capitalize on their appearance in the West Finals. Holiday, an All-Defense performer capable of playing both guard spots, averaged 19.1 points and 6.7 assists for the Pelicans this past season and seemingly could fit in with the Nuggets’ youth and recent experience. He’s under contract for next season with a player option for 2021-22 at $27 million, and many teams believe the Pelicans will be looking to shed some salary going into next season,” read the report.
The Denver Nuggets would be the team more eager to make a run at Holiday, which would make sense as it would allow Jamal Murray to play entirely off the ball and it would give them a top-tier defender for their backcourt.
The Pelicans just hired Stan Van Gundy and he’s known for his defensive-oriented teams, so perhaps he’s not going to be willing to part ways with Jrue. Then again, they must flip him while they still can if they feel like he’s not going to extend his stay at Louisiana.