Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Wednesday that the New Orleans Pelicans are “openly discussing” Jrue Holiday in trade talks. Prior to the Feb. 2020 trade deadline, ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that Miami was interested in Holiday, but their unwillingness to include Tyler Herro in discussions would make a trade difficult.
The New Orleans Pelicans are openly discussing star Jrue Holiday in trade talks and several contending teams are pursuing, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 4, 2020
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman said that Holiday would be a good fit, even if it means putting Herro in play.
Have addressed this before as a very good fit for the Heat. And, yes, even if it would possibly mean putting Herro in play. Heat are in a seize-the-moment moment. https://t.co/OFbIUABQmg— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 4, 2020
As I mentioned a little less than a year ago, the Pelicans will want young players to surround Zion Williamson in exchange for Holiday. If the Heat don’t include Herro (or Duncan Robinson), New Orleans will no doubt find a better offer.
Back in December 2019, I was against a trade for Holiday if it meant giving up Herro. I still feel the same way. The Heat have already traded their 2021 and 2023 first-round picks. If Miami trades Herro, that’ll also mean trading away their 2019 pick. Even if Miami brought back J.J. Redick in the trade to offset the loss of Herro, Redick is 36 years old. Herro is 20.
In any trade discussions, I’d be very reluctant to give up Herro or Robinson. (Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are untouchable.) Besides, if Holiday was such a needle-mover, then the Pelicans would’ve had more success with him and Anthony Davis for so many years.