3. Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday could be traded this offseason and the Los Angeles Lakers would be an interesting fit. Here is why a trade could be worth pursuing.
The past chemistry of Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis, makes this option arguably the best of the bunch. He already proved he can be a great scoring option alongside AD by themselves and with the addition of LeBron that creates a lethal big three at guard, wing, and forward.
Look at what happened the last time the Lakers traded for a star from the New Orleans Pelicans, they won a title, and the trade for Holiday could easily put them over the top once again. He would cover up for a ton of the issues that Lakers had at the point guard position last season.
He is a premier defender at the position, something that that the Lakers lacked last season. Holiday also has the ability to get his own shot averaging 15.9 points over an 11-year career.
Well-known Lakers fan Shae O’Jackson Jr. said what all Lakers fans were thinking about Holiday when he tweeted out,
Yet with the Lakers’ limited assets and the potential of plenty suitors around the league being able to offer a better trade package to the Pelicans, this trade seems more like a pipe dream than a reality.
If the shoe were on the other foot no Lakers fan would think a package of Kuzma and Danny Green would be enough to make this trade happen. But the Lakers and the Pelicans are in two different places, the Lakers are in win-now mode trying to maximize LeBron’s championship window, and the Pelicans are rebuilding with Zion’s bright future ahead of them.
Reuniting Kuzma with his old teammates in New Orleans, adding another shooter in Green, and throw in another Lakers’ first-round pick for the Pelicans to stow away, and maybe it is enough to get the deal done. The Lakers should do whatever it takes to create a big three of Holiday, Davis, and James because that would create another likely path to back-to-back titles.