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If new New Orleans Pelicans Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin holds on to Jrue Holiday, it is likely a sign that Griffin is looking for a quick turnaround for the franchise, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
But if Griffin decides to make Holiday available in trade talks, the veteran and highly regarded point guard will have plenty of suitors.
According to Deveney, the list will include the Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls.
Of course, along with Holiday, Griffin must decide on what to do with Anthony Davis, the team’s brightest star, who requested a trade in January.
Griffin is meeting with Davis and agent Rich Paul, and will sort through it then. He indicated he believes there’s a chance for Davis to return and rescind his desire to be traded. It’s hard not to believe Griffin, given how he kept the locker room sane during his tenure as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“There had been a sense that the Pelicans would entertain dealing away Davis to the team that won the top overall pick in next month’s draft lottery, with Zion Williamson as the prize,” Deveney wrote. “But that would likely be paired with a deal sending Holiday out so that New Orleans could completely rebuild.”
In other words, Holiday and Davis are just the start of what will undoubtedly be a busy summer for the Pelicans and their new basketball man in charge.