Turns out Jrue Holiday's time at New Orleans may be coming to an end, as The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the Pelicans are willing to listen trade offers for the former All-Star guard.
Multiple teams are expected to be reach a deal for Holiday, who has been known for a couple of years as the most underrated player in the association. He is also a one-time NBA All-Star (2013) and two-time NBA All-Defensive Team (2018 & 2019).
Despite not being able to make the playoffs this past season in Orlando, the 30 year-old from Los Angeles put up some impressive numbers across de board. Holiday played in 61 games last season, averaging 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists per contest.
Although New Orleans haven't made the playoffs since 2018, Jrue has proved to be a consistent performer during the postseason. Throughout the 30 career playoff games he's played in during his career, Holiday has recorded 17 points per contest along with 5.5 assists, so there's no doubt he would be able to help a contender in the league.
Holiday was drafted 17th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2009 NBA draft, and then traded to the Pelicans in 2013 in exchange for Nerlens Noel and a future first round pick.
During the offseason, New Orleans parted ways with Alvin Gentry and named Stan Van Gundy as the new team's head coach.
'SVG' was clear during his introductory press conference, as he wants New Orleans to become a better defensive team. The Pelicans ranked 21st in defensive rating (118.8) last season, 28th in opponent points in the paint (52.2), 28th in opponent fast-break points (15.4) and 26th in opponent second-chance points (13.6).
This year, the NBA players also selected Jrue Holiday as the Teammate of the Year Award recipient based on selfless play, leadership, and commitment to team.