Knicks To Target Jrue Holiday In Free Agency?

Some members of the Knicks organization view Jrue Holiday as a free agent target for the club this summer, league sources tell Ian Begley of ESPN.com. As Begley points out, team president Phil Jackson displayed interest in trading for Holiday earlier in his tenure in New York, so it makes sense that the veteran point guard would be on the Knicks’ radar in the offseason.

After missing the start of the season due to a personal matter, Holiday has appeared in 45 games for the Pelicans in 2016/17, averaging 15.9 PPG and 7.4 APG to go along with a .457/.374/.705 shooting line. The 26-year-old is in the final year of his current contract, putting him in line to hit the open market this summer.

Although there are a number of big-name free agent point guards set to hit the market in July, many of those players – such as Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, and Kyle Lowry – are viewed as highly likely to re-sign with their current teams. That could leave a player like Holiday as one of the top options left on the board, though New Orleans is expected to make a strong effort to lock him up. Holiday acknowledged last week that the Pelicans view him as a part of their future along with Anthony Davis and newly-acquired DeMarcus Cousins.

The Knicks have a free-agent-to-be point guard of their own on the roster, with Derrick Rose on an expiring deal. Earlier in the season, it appeared that there might be mutual interest between Rose and the Knicks in a contract extension, but the odds of Rose remaining in New York long-term seem to have declined since then.

Here are a few more Knicks notes:

  • On Monday, head coach Jeff Hornacek “firmly denied” that the Knicks had moved into tank mode, as Marc Berman of The New York Post writes. “Who says we’re trying to lose?” Hornacek said. “As a team we’re not thinking about losing. We’re still trying to win. Brandon [Jennings] being waived doesn’t mean [not] trying to win games. We feel Ron Baker can fill right in. It’s a different dynamic. He can control things and provide defense.”
  • According to Berman, the Knicks recognized that Jennings was “unhappy” with his role in New York and that he would have been upset if his playing time had been reduced down the stretch. A source tells Berman that the Knicks felt the veteran guard was “no longer a fit” with the team, leading to his release. “Brandon wanted to play more minutes here,” Hornacek said. “With Derrick here, it made it awfully tough.”
  • As Berman explains, even if the Knicks’ interest in re-signing Rose this summer is limited, the team may hang onto him until season’s end to keep his cap hold on the books, in case it can help accommodate a sign-and-trade.
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24 thoughts on “Knicks To Target Jrue Holiday In Free Agency?

  1. Formerlyz

    Jrue Holiday is good, but he won’t want to come to NY…

    Also, the knicks are starting to finally play less 2 big lineuos, and it’s helping in my opinion. When Porzingis comes back, he needs to be at the 5.

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    • As for Porzingus at center…I don’t agree. Too valuable of an outside game on offense and too weak to play post down low on defense.

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  2. korleone74

    thats stupid…..just Tank …its a point guard heavy draft….THE KNICKS ARE FREAKIN IDIOTS!!!!

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    • AjBronx7

      They won’t get him, but I agree they need to tank this year and maybe even the next 2

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    • GuruGray

      They are tanking but what do you expect the coach to say? “Yeah we’re going to throw the rest of the season. Our players suck so we need to get a high draft pick to replace D Rose”

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  3. The Knicks never want to do the right thing. Tank , position yourself in this heavy draft, get a high pick and draft a young point guard. Please don’t overpay

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    • I’d feel sorry for any young PG joining the Knicks. It wouldn’t matter how well he played in college and what system his team was running, he’d be forced into the triangle by Phil and that’s that. Neither the players nor the coach like the triangle and yet Phil is adamant he wants NY to play it despite the team not being built for it.

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  4. eyeballtwo

    Tank?

    I never want to believe professionals would want to do that.

    I mean, how pitiful was it to watch the Jazz ‘play’ in Kome’s last game? Still want the league to fine them for that embarrassing effort.

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  5. Richard Ratcliff

    I dont think the players tank, the organizations might by putting a less competitive team on the floor. The Sixers organization did this the last few years but the players themselves played their hearts out.

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  6. Dionis

    Holiday does not move the needle upwards for New York. Bring Curry to the Garden and bring Knicks basketball back man, sick of settling for these borderline stars. Melo and Porzingis must stay by all means, bring Curry to the Garden he is ruining his career playing with Durant. In NY he can join the team that almost got him and be way more popular.

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      • Dionis

        Don’t be shocked if he does. The Knicks can let Rose walk, Phil has something cooking up. The Warriors dont have the depth to beat the Cavs, Lebron has a insane bench full of shooters and is even reviving Derrick Williams’s career. Cavs vs Rockets in the Finals, Cavs in 6 Bron Finals MVP 27 ppg 10 rpg 9 apg.

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        • First of all, Phil has nothing cooking up. He’s done cooking now that he’s got a job at which he’s failing miserably. The Knicks are too toxic an organization as of right now thanks to Phil and Dolan to be considered a top FA destination. I’m actually terrified for the Knicks for the Free Agency period.
          Second, as much as I’d love to see the Rockets go to the finals that’s just a pipe dream right now. They live by the 3 and they die by the 3 so when it’s not falling as they want it, they lose games like they did against Indiana. They can beat any team out there, sure, but they lack the consistency to beat a team like the Warriors or even the Spurs over 7 games.

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          • Dionis

            The Warriors are nothing special dude, they are very top heavy and their bench is pretty mediocre. The Rockets have 2 go to scorers off the bench in Williams and Gordon. James Harden will facilitate all game and beat the Warriors, plus the Rockets have better bigs, Ryan Anderson, Clint Capela, Montrell Hazrell, and Nene is a pretty good rotation of bigs.

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        • Connorsoxfan

          No way. He probably wouldn’t pick NY even if he did leave. Not happening.

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        • No, I’m pretty sure everyone who follows basketball would be shocked. He’s almost guaranteed to re-up in Golden State and if he were to leave (he won’t) it wouldn’t be to run the triangle offense for a mismanaged organization.

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  7. smittybanton

    Jrue will take an all expense paid trip to Manhattan, Brooklyn, South Philly and Sacramento. But if Boogie and Anthony Davis work out together, NO will pony up and there’ll be no reason to leave for those places.

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  8. Reflect

    Lmao and why on earth would Jrue Holiday come to NYC? What fantasy land are the Knicks living in?

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  9. old_cheapy_fred

    Another isolated idea that’s doomed to die of lonliness.

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  10. Dave4585

    Dionis I want whatever your smoking right now lol. Curry to NY?? Hahahahahaha

    He’s gonna leave the best team in the NBA to play for a joke of an organization that can’t even pay him as much money. And no trade Melo in the off-season, make sure to tank this season and get one of the PGs and don’t pay 20 mil for holiday who’s good but not worth what he’s gonna get.

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    • Ego of being the main guy and unlimited marketing dollars, plus the push from his agent and Under Armor may do it, but I don’t see it happening either.

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