Will The Pelicans Give Jrue Holiday a Max Contract?
Last week was the NBA Draft, and the New Orleans Pelicans made a quick trade to grab a point guard they might end up needing to lean on. But it served as a red flag to some, because the team already has a leader at the point guard position in Jrue Holiday. So what's the worry?
Well, Jrue's contract is up, and it sounds like it's going to take a max contract to keep him in New Orleans.
For me, letting Jrue go might not be a bad plan. It's not that I don't like Jrue, in fact, I really enjoy him on and off the court. But the size of his max contract might not justify his play on the court. If Jrue is willing to take less than a max deal, I think it sets up something special down the road for the Pels. Having DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis on the court puts the team one or two top tier players away from becoming a "Super Team" that could compete with Cleveland, Golden State, and Boston.
Here's more on the Jrue Holiday contract from the Louisiana Radio Network:
"NBA Free Agency begins Saturday and Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is expected to meet with New Orleans to see if an agreement can be reached. If nothing is done after 48 hours, Holiday will meet with other teams. That’s according to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Head Coach Alvin Gentry says it is the team’s number one priority this summer to re-sign Holiday and they can offer the 27-year-old a max contract, which would be 170-million dollars over five years."