Jrue Holiday is everything the Toronto Raptors would love in a player, but there are many reasons the Raptors shouldn’t pursue him in a trade.
Jrue Holiday, a player who many consider the most underrated player in the league, is in trade talks once again. The Pelicans have made it known to the league that Holiday is being actively shopped and there is reason to believe the Toronto Raptors might be interested in him as they have shown interest in the past.
Holiday is regarded as one of the best defensive guards in the league, — being on two All-Defensive teams. He is also a fantastic teammate and his addition would make any team better. He’d fit seamlessly into the Toronto Raptors system and has all the assets Nick Nurse would love.
However, there are quite a few problems that arise when we talk about actually acquiring Holiday.
Jrue Holiday has two years left on his deal, with the second year being a player option. An option he’ll most likely decline given his age and last chance at a big contract next offseason. This makes trading for him all the riskier especially if does decide to leave. Which brings us to our first reason on why they shouldn’t pursue a trade for him.
1. Holiday wouldn’t be worth a one-year rental for the Toronto Raptors
Masai Ujiri might’ve made the most out of a one year rental in all of sports history with the Kawhi trade. But this is something he should avoid with Jrue Holiday. As great as Jrue is, he isn’t the player to put a team over the top quite as Kawhi did.
The Eastern Conference will also be tougher than ever now with the Sixers looking like a competent franchise, Tatum and Brown progressively getting better, and the return of Kevin Durant with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Raptors are outgunned in many of these matchups, and unless the Raptors feel with absolute certainty that Holiday is the piece that moves the needle for them to win a championship, then it isn’t a move they should make.