As we approach the 2014 NBA Draft the New Orleans Pelicans have continued their efforts to trade their way into it at some point. They’ve been on the phones all day calling teams and getting a feel for what they can offer. According to John Reid of NOLA.com, one player that doesn’t appear to be on the table is point guard Jrue Holiday.
Phone chats have finally ended: A league source says Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday has not been included in any trade discussions to secure a pick.
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) June 24, 2014
What isn’t clear at the moment is if Holiday isn’t involved in discussions solely because the Pelicans value him, or because other teams aren’t interested in him.
The Pelicans acquired Holiday, along with Pierre Jackson, when they traded Nerlens Noel and this years first round pick, which checks in at number 10, for him during last seasons NBA Draft. The Pelicans were hoping to get the All-Star level player that was in Philadelphia, however, they only got 34 games from Holiday due to injuries. When Holiday was on the floor the results were a bit disappointing as his play could be best described as average, though some of it may have been due to the leg injury.
It would be strange of the Pelicans to trade Holiday so soon after trading for him so it’s no surprise they aren’t offering him trade offers. One would think that if he were moved it would need to be in a deal involving a high quality player considering that giving up Holiday means that the Pelicans would be giving up a player that’s supposed to be part of your future core.
Meanwhile the 2014 NBA Draft is this Thursday, and despite the reportedly aggressive attempts the Pelicans are still without a draft pick.