Where do you think Jrue winds up this summer?
Honestly, I think the Lakers. He would be a good starting point for the rebuild process there and plus they have good medical care for his wife there most likely.
My guess is he’s back in New Orleans. I just think it’s a case of his value being higher for them than it is for anyone else out there.
Maybe Toronto if Lowry is out? Or he could end up in vacuum of Paul or Hill, taking over their roles if either player leaves their current situation. Lots of talk about what the Knicks and Spurs might do this summer. I could see a reality where Gregg Popovich brings Holiday into the hive. I guess I have no idea where he ends up, but I’m pretty sure that it won’t be with the Bulls.
Three months ago I would have said he was sticking in New Orleans without thinking much about it. After the trade to acquire Boogie, his play appeared to get dinged, making me think he will be more open to leaving. I still lean that he stays in New Orleans because they have his bird rights (giving New Orleans the ability to pay him more). Another factor is just how big he is for the community. I think he could be heavily pursued by the 76ers, and even the Knicks, who will likely not be able to afford him unless he takes a bigger cut from the max than I expect.
I do think that the Pelicans find a way to bring back Holiday. With the addition of DeMarcus Cousins this season, the Pelicans look like they are on a quest to make the playoffs quick. In order to achieve that, they need to add a solid point guard in Holiday. If the Pelicans do not make the postseason next year, it may be the last season Pelicans fans see Cousins on their team
Re-signing with the New Orleans Pelicans may be the most plausible outcome. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins offer Jrue Holdiay two elite big men to play with, and no other team can appeal to him in that regard. A dark-horse team, however, is the San Antonio Spurs. Cap flexibility may be tough to come by, but Pau Gasol’s player option could open up some possibilities. With Tony Parker’s injury calling his already shaky future into question, the Spurs could view Holiday as the answer.
Look, it’s not the most exciting or flashy move, but New Orleans will likely give Jrue his big payday. Taking a risk on a different point guard is a huge risk and there might not even be point guards near his skill set even available. If they are, they will be asking for nearly the same price tag Holiday will be. It would be a surprise to see the Pelicans go a different direction than Jrue Holiday come this offseason. Prediction is he stays by the Bayou.