4 Most Likely Destinations for Jrue Holiday Ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline
Just days away from the Thursday, Feb. 6 NBA Trade Deadline, the trade talks amongst teams have continued to heat up and more names are emerging as candidates to be on the move. However, New Orleans Pelicans combo guard Jrue Holiday has been included in trade rumors for some time now.
After the acquisition of Lonzo Ball, the Pelicans could get younger by trading Holiday, acquire assets and continue this speedy rebuild, following the trade with Anthony Davis to the Lakers.
With Holiday still performing as a top-end talent in the league, there is plenty of interest in him, and these are the four most likely destinations for him ahead of the trade deadline.
1. Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets are one of the most feared teams in the league, currently with a 34-16 record. This is because they are incredibly deep and everyone is capable of scoring. However, the one thing they lack is a true facilitator, with big man Nikola Jokic taking on this role the majority of the time. Bringing in Holiday could help make this offense become the best version of itself on a consistent basis.
2. Miami Heat
The feeling around the Miami Heat is that they are a talented point guard away from being a true contender. Currently, undrafted free agent Kendrick Nunn has stepped up and performed admirably, though there is zero question that Holiday would be a significant upgrade. He would also add needed leadership to a locker room that is currently led by Jimmy Butler, who is known for rubbing some players the wrong way.
3. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers recently returned Victor Oladipo to their lineup, though they are being cautious with his workload. At their other top guard spot is Malcolm Brogdon, who has already missed 14 games with a laundry list of injuries this season. Bringing in Holiday would help add stability to their backcourt, as well as create one of the league's best backcourt trios on both sides of the floor, when healthy. Additionally, a trade would have Jrue playing with his brother Aaron Holiday, who is also a member of the Pacers.
4. Toronto Raptors
The reigning NBA Champions are second in the East, at 36-14, though the feeling around them is that they are not quite at the same level as last season. One of the things that made them so dangerous was their bench, lead by Fred VanVleet. However, VanVleet is now in the starting lineup, shortening up the Raptors' bench. Acquiring Holiday would allow Toronto to have a strong scorer come off the bench that can also lead the second unit from the backcourt (whether thats VanVleet or Holiday), keeping the offense aggressive.
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