The Miami Heat have been one of the league’s most pleasant surprises this season. After acquiring Jimmy Butler in the offseason, the Heat are now 29-12 and are one of the top teams in the NBA from a record perspective.
While they have had a lot of success so far, the Heat could look to make a decently big trade ahead of the NBA trade deadline. If they choose to do so, there is one player in particular that would make a lot of sense. Jrue Holiday has been rumored to be available at times over the last couple of years, but it’s time for the Heat to aggressively pursue him.
Pairing another star alongside Butler would make a lot of sense for Miami. At the point guard position, the Heat could use an athletic scorer who can also create for his teammates and play strong defense.
So far this season with the New Orleans Pelicans in 34 games, Holiday has averaged 19.6 points per game to go along with 6.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.7 steals. He has shot 43.8 percent from the field overall and has knocked down 34.2 percent from the three-point line. Those numbers show why the Heat should target the veteran point guard.
Reports have come out that the Pelicans may not trade Holiday this year. They seem to like the fit that he has in the back-court along with Lonzo Ball. Letting the two ride it out for the rest of the year would make sense as well.
However, if the Pelicans are open to trading Holiday, the Heat have enough assets to make a move. They can couple draft picks to go along with some young talent to make something happen. New Orleans likely won’t be able to turn down a draft pick laden trade package if it was offered.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at three reasons why the Heat should pursue a trade for Holiday.