With the NBA trade season approaching, a number of stars and players have emerged in rumors and whispers all around the association.
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday has found himself in the front and center of the most recent rumors.
The New Orleans Pelicans are openly discussing point guard Jrue Holiday in trade talks and several contending teams are interested, sources tell The Athletic.
Holiday, who has been with the team since 2013, has been a popular name in trade discussions as the Pelicans navigate a rebuild through their younger players. Thought to be one of the better defenders at his position in the league, the one-time All-Star could bolster a contending roster.
Holiday was the 2020 NBA Teammate of the Year, so his locker-room presence is something that may be appealing to other teams. He's coming off a 2019-20 campaign where he averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.
With the acquisition of Zion Williamson in last summer's draft, the Pelicans have shifted their focus to building a team that can emphasize his best attributes.
Holiday is a solid two-way guard who has been with the team since 2013. And while he would net a decent return for the Pels, it should be noted that team executive David Griffin has since issued a statement on the rumors -- not quite confirming or denying them.
Obviously, it remains to be seen how things will play out in New Orleans. But with just weeks to go until the start of the next season, nobody can say for certain that the future has in store.