Milwaukee acquires Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday in a proposed deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Milwaukee Bucks will be adding Jrue Holiday to their roster. He will be acquired in a deal on Friday.

Holiday will be going to the Bucks in a proposed deal. Eric Bledsoe and George Hill will be going to the New Orleans Pelicans.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday drives down court against the Cleveland Cavaliers
Jrue Holiday drives down court against the Cleveland Cavaliers (Getty Images)

In addition, Milwaukee will be sending three first-round draft picks to the Pelicans. Plus, there are two additional draft swaps involved in the package.

It is a similar deal to the package that Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin received from the Los Angeles Lakers in the trade that sent Anthony Davis to California.

Holiday was a hot commodity, as several teams were pursuing his services. Now, with this deal, he will join two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Bucks were upset by the Miami Heat in the second-round of the playoffs. Before their playoff exist, Milwaukee had the best regular season record in March and was considered to play in the NBA Finals.

Instead, it was the Heat, who represented the Eastern Conference in The Finals against the Lakers. Unfortunately, for the Eastern Conference, the Heat were defeated by the Lakers 4-2.

The 30-year-old Holiday will be joining his third NBA team. He began his career with the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the Pelicans with Pierre Jackson for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round draft pick.

In his final season with the Pelicans, he averaged 19.1 points in 61 starts. He averaged 4.8 points, 6.7 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 34.7 minutes per game.

He has averaged 15.9 points in 11 seasons in the league. Holiday has also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 33.2 minutes per game.

The 30-year-old Bledsoe will be joining his fourth NBA team. He also played for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns.

Bledsoe averaged 14.9 points per game in 61 starts for the Bucks. He also had 4.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 27 minutes per game.

He has a career average of 14.2 points per game in 11 seasons.

The 34-year-old Hill is a journeyman in the league, as he is going to be on his seventh NBA team. He also played for the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Hill averaged 9.4 points in 59 games, including two starts during the 2019-20 season. He also had 3.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game in 21.5 minutes per contest.

He has a career average of 11.1 points per game in 785 games, including 449 starts. He also had 3.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 27.7 minutes per game.

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