Mavericks Interested in Point Guard Jrue Holiday
Despite getting the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks still plan to pursue New Orleans Pelicans playmaker Jrue Holiday when he turns free agent on July 1.
Ian Begley of ESPN.com reported that members of the Mavericks organization view Holiday as a free agent target this summer, according to league sources. The Mavericks notched the No. 9 slot in the Draft Lottery, which they can use to take a point guard.
The Mavericks will have to create some salary cap room to accommodate Holiday, one of the top point guards expected to hit the free-agent market this summer. The 26-year-old Holiday can demand for a huge deal after averaging 15.4 points and 7.3 assists in 67 games.
The Pelicans can offer Holiday more money than any other team but the point guard may consider other options. According to Ryne Nelson of Slam Online, Holiday did not play well alongside DeMarcus Cousins after the All-Star break and this could become a factor in his decision.
However, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry told SiriusXM NBA Radio that "re-signing Holiday is a number one priority."
Holiday joined the Pelicans in mid-November after taking care of his wife, former national soccer player Lauren Holiday, who underwent brain tumor surgery while pregnant. Lauren gave birth to their first child just weeks after the surgery.
The New York Knicks are also interested in Holiday's services. The Knicks had Derrick Rose as starting point guard last season but he will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Philadelphia 76ers are also reported to be pursuing Holiday should he hit the free-agent market.
An eight-year veteran, Holiday played his first four NBA seasons with the 76ers. After signing a 4-year, $41-million contract extension in 2012, he was traded to the Pelicans for Nerlens Noel and a first-round pick in 2014.
In 504 career games, Holiday averaged 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists. He also shot 44.1 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from beyond the arc.
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