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Report: Pelicans ‘aggressively’ targeting first-round pick

Jun 17, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

Jrue Holiday, Monty Williams Jrue Holiday, Monty Williams

The Jrue Holiday trade could go down as one of the worst deals in NBA history.

Of course, the 76ers haven’t gotten a single second of playing time from the play anyone acquired in the deal with the Pelicans. It’s far from certain Philadelphia will even win the trade with full hindsight.

But the potential definitely exists for an all-time robbery.

New Orleans sent Philadelphia both Nerlens Noel and a first rounder which became the No. 10 pick this year. Noel, if not for injury, likely would have gone No. 1 last year. If he hasn’t lost any athleticism, he has star potential. In this draft, the 76ers could also land a gem at 10.

On the other side, Holiday has done nothing more than tread water with the Pelicans. You wonder whether they would have made the trade if Holiday didn’t hold the coveted “All-Star” label. And remember, Holiday received the less-significant “All-“ honor only because his 2012-13 season flowed in the “right” order. Here are his pre- and post-All-Star Game splits:

  • Pre: 19.0 points on 45.1 percent shooting with 8.9 assists per game
  • Post: 15.8 points on 38.9 percent shooting with 6.7 assists per game

Had those been reversed, Holiday never would have even made the All-Star team. New Orleans probably should have seen this coming, which is just another reason the trade holds potential as a heist for the ages.

Anyway.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

I bet the Pelicans wish they never traded the pick, but it’s too late now. They don’t have much to offer for a replacement first rounder.

Anthony Davis is far too valuable to trade. Eric Gordon, due to his contract and dispirited play, is too toxic. Holiday and Tyreke Evans are also paid too much to much to make a simple deal work, and I doubt New Orleans wants to admit defeat on either so soon. Austin Rivers’ value has probably sunk below a first rounder, especially in this loaded draft.

Ryan Anderson is the best trade candidate, but like others, his high salary ($8,308,500 on draft night) makes the cap complications difficult when the return is a pick that counts as $0 in a trade.

Maybe the Pelicans can trade future picks, but one future first rounder won’t buy a first rounder in this draft. Dealing future picks could get costly in a hurry.

New Orleans’ best bet might be getting  first rounder in exchange for taking a bad contract.

If Udonis Haslem opts in and the Heat want to pursue Carmelo Anthony, they might be open to trading the No. 26 pick as a sweetener for a team taking the final year of Haslem’s contract ($4.62 million). The Pelicans would have enough cap room to do that – on July 10. The teams could agree to a trade on draft night and complete it later, but Miami likely won’t even know then whether Haslem plants to opt in. The Heat probably wouldn’t let New Orleans dictate their first-round pick on the chance everything falls into line two weeks later.

If the Pelicans get a 2014 first-rounder, it’ll almost surely require a complicated trade.

If only it were was easy as dealing one away.

  1. drewzducks - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Anderson to the Celtics for J. Green and #17. Please take Green, pretty please.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      If I’m the Peli’s I ain’t doing that trade for either/or, let alone both.

    • johnheisman - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      How does this help the Celtics? Moronic.

      • drewzducks - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        Who do the Celtics currently have as an effective perimeter shooter? Moron.

    • TheMorningStar - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Forget Green, they would need to take Wallace and Anthony along with that 1st rd pick (the 17th, not the 6th.) Anderson and Rivers would be just compensation.

  2. eagles512 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Glad the sixers made the deal as a fan, but I still think holiday will be really good for them.

    • tfoz5150 - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Agree. Jrue was the heart and soul of the Sixers before he was dealt. Unfortunately for him he suffered the injury, but I definitely feel he’ll be back. Who knew Hinkie would be able to get two potential building blocks for him, though? I guess as the saying goes…”Sell High!” Hinkie is a true dealer.

      • TheMorningStar - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        Uh, I suspect Hinkie knew he was getting two building blocks.

  3. djshnooks - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    What the hell does that 2nd paragraph mean? Holy cow man, talk about bad.

  4. kcar28 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Worst trade in NBA history??
    Where the winning side of this trade is one where the victor received a player coming off an ACL tear and a projected pick of Nick Stauskas??

    Fire this writer immediately

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      LOL! You think it was a good trade? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  5. mungman69 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    That second paragraph is one for the ages.

  6. jimb031 - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    This guy didnt watch the Pels too closely. Jrue struggled at first but was starting to really come on right before he got injured. AD, Evans, Jrue, and Anderson are this team’s core pieces. Unless they are talking about trying to get Wiggins (talking to Cleveland), none of these pieces are being moved for a draft pick, unless Demps wants to be immediately fired that is.

    Move EG if possible, get a 3 and a 5 and this team is ready for a run at the playoffs.

  7. bigmeechy74 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    It’s amazing that fans of teams just CAN’T have any objectivity. If you click on an article about the raptors, then toronto fans will freak out if there is anything critical said. Same with Knicks, Lakers, Heat etc. I didn’t think it would happen with freaking new orleans but This is another example. You Pelican fans are DEFENDING this brutally awful trade??? They traded TWO first round picks for freaking Jrue Holiday?!??!! HOW? WHY? I am just an ordinary guy but even I knew that was a completely moronic trade the second it happened smh. How on earth do NBA GM’s get hired if they are this dumb. They have the best young player in the league and a franchise cornerstone that is only 21 years old. So what do they do? Instead of be patient and build a young nucleus around him? They squander it all on tyreke evans, Eric Gordon, and possibly the worst trade ever. lolll

    • tfoz5150 - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      No, that would be the Andrew Bynum trade. Good try though. At least they got somebody to give them more than 0 minutes of playing time.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        The 76ers were smart to dump all the dead weight and stockpile draft picks. The pelicans are morons. They mortgaged their future for a shoot-first PG that can’t shoot all that well lol. He isn’t special. You don’t trade TWO lottery picks for him. It’s INSANE. Anthony Davis will leave the first chance he gets. If they were smart they could’ve really built something special smh

  8. rrhoe - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    I gotta admit,the Sixers got over for a change,good for them.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      none of the pelicans fans think so. For some reason They love it when their team mortgages the future for average players

      • kcar28 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Nick Stauskas

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