The New Orleans Pelicans just spoke to Jrue Holiday. They did not speak with words, they spoke with numbers. They gave Holiday the correct numbers, he will be playing for them next season, and the year after that, and the year after that.
New Orleans just successfully secured a long-term future with Holiday. One of their first deals this off-season was a big one. There will be a massive payday heading Holiday’s way. The New Orleans Pelicans just agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth $126 million, according to Bleacher Report.
The agreement between both sides occurred on Saturday. Holiday grabbed a lot of interest this off-season. It is safe to say the Pelicans were the most interested. They were not afraid to offer him well over $100 million.
With the help of Holiday last season, the Pelicans displayed some improvement. They started off last season in a rough way, losing games left and right. They went 2-10 through their first 12 games. With Holiday in the line-up, there was big change for the Pelicans.
They went 32-35 while he played. When he did not play, bad things happened. Without him, they were just 2-13. New Orleans made the smart move to make sure he will be on their team next season.
Player salaries appear to be sky rocketing, and Holiday is the evidence. On Saturday the league revealed the cap for next season is set at $99.093 million. Holiday will be costing the Pelicans $126 million through their next five seasons, but for them it is a small price to pay.
Holiday has a crucial presence for the Pelicans on the court. He was a key contributor, averaging 15 points a game and seven assists. His specialty was from the three-point range, in which he landed 35 percent of his shots.
On the downside, he does have a history of injury. He was sidelined three games in December due to a toe problem. He has also not appeared in 70-plus regular-season games since 2012-13. Fortunately he has not missed a massive amount of time lately.
He is an above average point guard, and the Pelicans need him. Last season the Pelicans were not at the bottom of the standings of the Western Conference. They fell 10th place by the end of the year, which was a big improvement for them. New Orleans went 34-48. They missed the postseason, but if they can keep heading down the same path, that has the potential to change going forward. Holiday has proved his ability to stay consistent, he just needs to show his ability to preserve his long-term health.
Will there be another big move for the New Orleans Pelicans this off-season? Was signing Holiday worth it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod