New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday is reportedly available for the right price, a change in attitude from the team over the one-time All-Star. Could Holiday be a breath of fresh air that the Portland Trail Blazers need? Nekias Duncan of Bleacher Report suggests so, proposing a straight swap of Holiday for CJ McCollum:
The Blazers would surely miss McCollum’s mid-range mastery, a necessary half-court counter against playoff defenses. However, Holiday’s ability to penetrate and make plays as a secondary creator would still work alongside the flame-throwing of Lillard. And defensively, it’s hard to overstate the gap between Holiday and McCollum. It is stark.
As for the Pelicans, they’d get a bona fide three-level scorer in McCollum who could flourish in an uptempo system. Between Lonzo Ball, Ingram, Williams, Williamson (please come back), Favors and Jaxson Hayes, there would be plenty of length and athleticism to surround McCollum.
Holiday is currently averaging 19.4 points, 6.6 assists and 5 rebounds per game. He has two years left on a five-year, $126 million extension signed in 2017, the last year of which is a player option in 2021-22.
McCollum is currently averaging 22 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He signed a near-max extension this offseason to keep him under contract in Portland until 2023-24.
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