It is rumored the Sixers are thinking about bringing back Jrue Holiday next season, which could be a win-win for everyone.
Is Jrue Holiday about to come home again?
That is the word on the street if Zach Lowe of ESPN is to be believed. According to Lowe, the Philadelphia 76ers are planning to “take a hard look” at the 26-year old point guard once he becomes a free agent after the end of the season.
As most will no doubt remember, Holiday was taken in the first-round in 2009 by the Sixers with the 17th pick. He went to an All-Star game and was considered one of the building blocks of a Sixers franchise that was in the early stages of a long overdue rebuild.
That was before the hiring of Sam Hinkie as general manager and the draft day deal in 2013 that sent Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for center Nerlens Noel. It was a trade that historians will look back on as the official start of “The Process” that is just now starting to reap some rewards.
After a few seasons dealing with injuries and personal issues, Holiday is back on the hardwood and playing well. He is averaging 13.9 points, 7.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game, shooting almost 37 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the foul line.
It seems Holiday still has what it takes to be an effective point guard in the NBA and bringing him back to Philly would be great move. It would give the team a proven floor general and allow them to continue to experiment with where first-round pick Ben Simmons will be most effective.
Of course, whether Holiday comes here or not will largely be determined by what the Pelicans decide to do once the season is over. The team is currently 16-26 in the brutal Western Conference and will likely miss the playoffs unless they make some big moves at the trade deadline.
If the Pelicans do decide to blow the whole thing up and go for a rebuild, they will allow Holiday to sign elsewhere, no question. On the other hand, if they think they can retool around forward Anthony Davis and try to make another push during the 2017-18 season, they may attempt to keep him.
The other factor is money. According to Lowe, Holiday will be looking for a salary somewhere around the $15 million range. It is entirely possible Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo may think that is too steep a price for Holiday. Especially with the 2017 draft being very rich in point guard talent and the Sixers finally in a position to draft for need instead of best available.
Given Holiday’s injury history and the fiasco with Jerryd Bayless this year, it might be too much risk for not enough reward.
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With Simmons due to play point guard once he returns from injury, it remains to be seen in the Sixers will even need someone at that position come next season. If it doesn’t work out, Holiday is a solid option that could help the team make the ever elusive postseason.
The return of Jrue Holiday would be a fitting way to end The Process and bring the whole painful ordeal full circle. It would serve as a nice bit of irony and might just be too tempting for the team to pass up.