Multiple NBA teams have shown interest in a trade for New Orleans Pelicans All-Star guard Jrue Holiday. It’s not necessarily a surprise given his production and the importance of Holiday’s position in today’s NBA. Denver Nuggets rumors now suggest that they are looking into acquiring Holiday.
According to Mike Singer of of the Denver Post, these Nuggets are looking to acquire a top-10 pick in this week’s NBA Draft in order to flip it to New Orleans for Holiday. That followed a report from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated indicating that New Orleans wants a top-10 pick as a centerpiece in any Holiday trade.
Nuggets rumors: How might a Jrue Holiday trade look?
Selecting 22nd overall in the draft, these Nuggets would have to flip a proven rotational player or future draft pick assets in order to move into the top 10. This is where 29-year-old shooting guard Will Barton becomes a possibility. He could be of interest to a team like the New York Knicks or Phoenix Suns picking in the bottom end of the top 10.
However, it’s more reasonable to conclude that the Nuggets would have to attach a future first-round pick and a younger player in a trade-up scenario. Assuming stud youngster Michael Porter Jr. is not available, attention could turn to Bol Bol or Keita Bates-Diop, two players who impressed this past season.
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Nuggets roster: How would Jrue Holiday fit?
Denver already has a ball-dominant guard in stud youngster Jamal Murray. He was absolutely brilliant during their playoff run last season, averaging 26.5 points on 51% shooting from the field. Murray is seen as a franchise cornerstone, and someone who can lead the Nuggets into title contention.
The idea of adding Holiday would be to lower some of Murray’s usage throughout the season. Both have tremendous ball-handling skills and know how to run an offense. The fit would make sense in that regard.
A starting five consisting of Murray, Holiday, Nikola Jokic, Michael Porter Jr. and Gary Harris would be pretty darn awesome moving forward.
With that said, it won’t be easy for the Nuggets to pull off multiple trades in order to acquire Holiday. Teams can start making deals official Monday afternoon. It’s in this that Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth needs to get going. For now, Nuggets rumors have the team in on Holiday.