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Jrue Holiday-Nerlens Noel trade now official

Jul 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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Congratulations, Jrue Holiday.

Fresh off marrying U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team member Lauren Cheney (now Lauren Holiday) – and the subsequent honeymoon that delayed his trade from becoming official – Jrue Holiday is now a husband and Pelican. The trade, which sends Nerlens Noel and a future first-round pick to the 76ers, hinged on Holiday completing a physical, which couldn’t do until after his honeymoon.

But Holiday returned and passed his physical, and now the trade is official.

Holiday gives New Orleans its first player with All-Star experience since Chris Paul and David West. Holiday won’t be Paul good, but he’ll give the franchise a fresh and marketable face to go with its new nickname.

The 76ers will also get their fresh start with Noel and this other first-round pick, but that’s going to take quite a while longer.

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