A couple of days ago, it was suggested that Jrue Holiday could be leaving the Pelicans this season. Now, two teams are thought to be his new destination in the league. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Holiday could end up landing in Miami or Denver.
“Holiday wants to win and cares most about being in a winning situation, league sources tell The Athletic,” Charania wrote. “He and Griffin had agreed to push into a new Pelicans future over the summer and contend for a playoff berth, but that has not happened. When Griffin took over in New Orleans, Holiday wanted to stay and saw the possibility of being part winner right where he is. So far, the sides have not had any dialogue about his future.
“Holiday could become the target of trade talks throughout the NBA, with teams such as Denver and Miami believed to be possible destinations. Holiday has embraced the leadership position this season, but he wants to compete at the age of 29 with free agency looming for him in 2021 ($27.1 million player option for 2021-22).”
Seeing the absence of Zion Williamson, Holiday took the reins of the Pelicans, becoming their leader. However, that hasn’t been enough for New Orleans, who are struggling to get the results, a situation that could lead Holiday to push his way out of the franchise. He is currently averaging 19.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game in the season.
One would imagine the best fit for him would be Miami, where he’d join forces with Jimmy Butler in a team that’s done pretty good so far this season. The Heat are expected to make the playoffs and adding a piece like Holiday will increase their chances to compete in the East.