Where does Jrue Holiday rank in your list of offseason priorities?
Holiday re-signing with the Pelicans sits at the top of my list. Not only do I doubt the likelihood of drawing a highly regarded replacement to New Orleans in free agency, I believe the team’s best chance at maximizing the roster under current salary cap guidelines is to bring back the familiar point guard.
Personally I’d like a different point guard, but the ability to grab one of the targets I have in my cross hairs are nearly impossible with the assets the Pelicans have to sell. That being said, I don’t hate bringing Jrue back.
I realize it’s what’s needed to maximize this roster. I do worry about the price tag, but if we really are able to add a better bigger fish down the line, then Jrue could make a fine trade piece even in a guard rich NBA.
Jrue Holiday is the third highest priority this off-season, after:
1) Who is our GM?
2) Who is our coach?
What the Pelicans do with Holiday will dictate the team’s future in terms of success and potential. If the Pelicans let Holiday walk without a suitable replacement the team will not win many games next season.
However, if the Pelicans sign Holiday then the Pelicans will struggle to add talent around the “Beasts of Bourbon” whom would cost roughly $70M!
Ideally whoever the Pelicans GM might be this summer can talk Holiday into signing a more team friendly contract so that the Pelicans can finally add some much-needed depth.
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For the Pelicans it has to be #1. Landing a high ticket free agent is a pipe dream. We have to overpay guys for them to consider sticking around. Let’s be honest, the Pelicans are a joke of a destination for the average NBA stud. Holiday has time to task so I think he is a realistic land.
The point guard position is worry #1 for the New Orleans Pelicans. No question. Jrue Holiday is likely the guy atop that last for the Pelicans. His priority is high and will be the very first decision New Orleans makes, when it comes to this upcoming offseason. What they decide upon him will have a major impact on what this team will look like next season.
No matter if you think the pelicans should resign him or let him walk, Jrue is the number one priority. Deciding what direction to go with him plants seeds for the rest of the offseason. Next in line is adding wing depth, and additional outside shooting.
Preston Ellis (@PrestonEllis)
Jrue Holiday doesn’t make the 2017/18 Pelicans a contender, nor any Pels team going forward that pays the three $75 million a year or more. It’s a hard and soon to be learned fact that the New Orleans Pelicans will never surpass a four seed with the resources they have available to them if they resign Jrue Holiday.
As unfathomable as this may sound, Dell Demps, Alvin Gentry, Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis should seat themselves outside of Chris Paul’s house at midnight on July 1st. Constructing a sign and trade between the two teams, though more than hilariously unlikely, should be the Hail Mary the Pelicans throw this offseason.
Signing a player of Chris Paul’s caliber also ensures the ability to sign established veteran talent at below market prices to help fill out the roster (IE David West, Livingston, Dedmon, Zaza, etc).