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New Orleans Pelicans G Jrue Holiday was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a package deal for Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, and draft compensation.
The Bucks made a splash by acquiring former All-Star Jrue Holiday to pair with superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks inclusion of Eric Bledsoe and George Hill also signals more opportunities for G Donte DiVincenzo. Holiday is a great fit in the Bucks’ system as he’ll be able to play to his strengths on and off the ball. He’ll also be surrounded by more efficient players - playing alongside All-Stars Giannis and Khris Middleton. He’ll be a solid target in the early rounds of fantasy drafts this season.
According to sources, the New Orleans Pelicans are actively discussing the possibility of trading star PG Jrue Holiday, and several contending teams are interested.
Holiday has turned into a star his last three years in New Orleans, averaging over 19 points and six assists per game. With young budding stars in Lonzo Ball, Zion Williamson, and Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans must feel comfortable moving on from the 11-year NBA veteran who has spent the last seven seasons with the Pelicans.
Pelicans G Jrue Holiday (elbow) will not suit up against the Orlando Magic on Thursday.
Holiday played in the Pelicans' first six games before going down with an elbow injury for the final two games of the season. Once the Pelicans were firmly out of playoff contention, it was best to shut down one of their cornerstone players. Holiday remains one of the best two-way guards in the NBA, and season-long fantasy players should have no issues making him one of the top point guards off the board next season. For the year, Holiday averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 2.0 three's per contest across 61 games this season.
PG Jrue Holiday will not play Tuesday against the Kings due to a bruised right elbow.
Holiday logged 35 minutes in Sunday’s loss to the Spurs, and will miss Tuesday due to a bruised right elbow. The Pelicans were officially eliminated from the playoffs, it’s possible Holiday could miss the next two games. Look for JJ Redick and E’Twaun Moore to see expanded roles on Tuesday with Holiday sidelined.
Jrue Holiday took over for the Pelicans with Zion Williamson resting Friday, scoring 28 points (11-16 FG, 4-5 FT, 2-4 3PT) with three rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, and seven turnovers in 37 minutes in a 118-107 win over the Wizards.
Holiday took on more of a scoring role Friday with Williamson getting a rest day. He shot the ball really well but also committed seven turnovers. Williamson is likely to play Sunday vs. the Spurs, so Holiday’s increased usage from tonight’s game probably won’t last. He’s still a key piece to a Pelicans team looking to sneak into the playoffs.