Now that Anthony Davis has officially requested a trade, it seems like the New Orleans Pelicans are going to rebuild their entire roster. Jrue Holiday has been playing like an All-Star this season, and he could really help a contending team take the next step.
With that said, let's break down four possible landing spots for Jrue Holiday.
4. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are certainly not a contender, but they have an intriguing young core and they are also in desperate need of a reliable point guard. Holiday would be the perfect compliment to Devin Booker in Phoenix. Holiday could take the tougher assignments on defense and facilitate the offense, which would allow Booker to do more of what he does best: score.
3. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks don't have a first-round pick this year because of the Luka Doncic trade, so it makes a lot of sense for them to try to make a playoff push with a player addition. Acquiring Holiday would instantly upgrade Dallas' mediocre defense, which ranks 12th in the NBA in points allowed, and he'd help space the floor for Doncic. While the Mavericks have seemingly reconciled with Dennis Smith Jr., he'd almost certainly be included any Holiday trade.
2. Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz are not exactly a hot destination for free agents, so if the Jazz hope to acquire another star to pair with Donovan Mitchell, they'll likely need to do so via trade. The Jazz can ship out a mix of picks, veterans on good contracts like Ricky Rubio and intriguing young assets like Dante Exum to facilitate a deal. And pairing Holiday with Rudy Gobert would instantly improve an already-dominant defense that ranks third in the NBA in points allowed.
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are already one of the most dangerous teams in the West, but acquiring Jrue Holiday would make them legitimate title contenders. Holiday would be a bit of a tricky fit with Russell Westbrook, but Westbrook has seemingly been more willing to defer the rock this season. And the prospect of adding Holiday to a defense that already features Westbrook, Paul George and Steven Adams might be too intriguing to pass up. However, Holiday's max contract might make it tough for the Thunder to fit him under the salary cap.
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