Another win-win situation for two organizations, as the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans get exactly what they needed out of one of the most important trades of the offseason.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania have confirmed Jrue Holiday from the Pelicans has been traded to the Bucks in exchange for Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three first-round picks and two pick-swaps.
New Orleans also receives two future draft pick swaps from Milwaukee, along with three firsts, sources said. https://t.co/pZtkfvZkrD— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 17, 2020
This is good news for both teams. The Bucks manage to get a former NBA All-Star and one of the best defensive guards in the league to join the All-Star duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
On the other hand, the Pelicans keep re-building for the future, adding two veteran players as well as more picks to their young core led by Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson.
Earlier during the offseason, Giannis revealed the only way he'd stay at Milwaukee is if they made the right additions, and now they have, as the team is risking their future to keep the two-time NBA MVP.
"It depends on what decisions they make. If they make the right decision, I’ll be there for many years. If they do not, we’ll see,” Giannis said prior to the trade. "The NBA is business and we take it day by day. Hopefully we can succeed together.”
Holiday played in 61 games last season, averaging 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists per contest.
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 will help Milwaukee.