Writing for The Ringer, D.J. Foster said that the Miami Heat should trade for Jrue Holiday. Ethan Skolnick of the Five Reasons Sports Network also said that he loves the New Orleans Pelicans point guard for the Heat.
I love Jrue Holiday for the Heat.— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) December 8, 2019
Foster says that the Heat could trade Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn and salary filler (he names Dion Waiters and Meyers Leonard) for Holiday and Jahlil Okafor. And herein lies the problem for a Holiday trade. As good as he may fit with this team — he’s an All-Defensive Team player and would relieve a lot of playmaking pressure off of Jimmy Butler — the New Orleans Pelicans will want young players to surround Zion Williamson.
The Heat have already traded their 2021 and 2023 first-round picks. If the Heat trade Herro away, it would essentially mean giving up their 2019 first-round pick, as well. Without those future draft picks, Miami should be very reluctant to trade away any promising young player.
Herro has already developed a bond with Butler; what would it signal to him if the Heat were to ship him off in the middle of a promising rookie season? Let’s not forget that LeBron James was not happy with the Heat’s decision to amnesty Mike Miller.
While Miami has found diamonds in the rough over the years — Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson were undrafted and are both starting for the Heat — it’s hard to do that every year. For every Udonis Haslem or Nunn, there’s a Mickell Gladness or Terrel Harris. Trading for Holiday would probably require giving up two young players. That’s too steep a price for the Heat to pay.
Holiday has a player option for the 2021-22 season, so he could join the free agency class in 2021 that Giannis Antetokounmpo will headline. It’s always better to sign a star outright with cap space than trade away young players.