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Pelicans shooting guard Jrue Holiday was excited to remain in New Orleans through the trade deadline this season, as he explained to The Athletic's William Guillory. The 29-year-old Holiday, considered one of the best defensive guards in the league, is on the third year of a fairly reasonable five-year, $126M contract. Holiday held appeal for several contending teams looking to shore up their back court ahead of a playoff push, including the Heat and Nuggets.

Holiday told Guillory of his season with the new-look Pelicans:

“I feel like what we’re doing here is something promising. Obviously with the new management and the new guys coming in, we’re fairly young, but we’re all very, very hungry. What we have here, we can build together.”

There’s more out of the Southwest Division:

  • New Rockets forward Robert Covington and his reasonable four-year, $47M contract took him from overlooked role player to highly coveted glue guy very quickly ahead of this season’s trade deadline, as Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle details.
  • Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle expects All-Star guard Luka Doncic back on the team ahead of the All-Star break, according to the Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News. “That’s not definite, but that’s the hope,” Carlisle said.
  • The future Spurs bench big man Trey Lyles in San Antonio is appraised by the San Antonio Express News’ Jeff McDonald. Lyles is averaging a robust 5.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in just 18 minutes per game for the club. He has suited up 51 games, including 41 starts. The 6-foot-9 Kentucky alum signed a two-year, $11M contract with San Antonio this summer. Only $1M of his $5.5M salary next year is guaranteed.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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