Image:Jrue Holiday is considered to be one of the NBA’s elite defensive players Under new coach Stan Van Gundy, the Pelicans are expected to build around the young core of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. Trading Holiday could allow them to get another young player or two for the long term and also shed salary.Holiday, 30, has two years and about $52 million left on a five-year, $131.8 million deal he signed with the Pelicans in July 2017. In 61 games last season, he averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds a game – all above his career averages of 15.9 points, 6.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds. He has played 713 career games (640 starts) with the Philadelphia 76ers (2009-13) and Pelicans.- Advertisement – Want to watch even more of the NBA and WNBA but don’t have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here. – Advertisement – Last month, he won the NBA’s 2019-20 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.Presented annually since 2012-13 and voted on by the players, the award “recognises the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on-and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to (the) team,” according to a league press release.The Pelicans finished the season 30-42. Head coach Alvin Gentry was fired after the team failed to make the playoffs.- Advertisement – The New Orleans Pelicans are involved in talks to trade veteran guard Jrue Holiday, according to US reports.The Athletic said on Wednesday that “several contending teams are pursuing” Holiday in a trade.- Advertisement –
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in May that the league planned to interview Hill after a case involving Child Protection Services is resolved. The status of that case is unavailable.Hill caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Chiefs last season. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe had already said April 25 he would not pursue charges against Hill. He said even though he believed that a crime had been committed, he couldn’t prove who did it.In an email to the Star on Friday, Howe said he stands by those comments. However, Howe did not address whether the investigation had ever been reopened. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in late April that a criminal investigation into the incident had been reopened.“It is not an active investigation,” Howe said in the email. “As in any case, if we receive additional evidence we reevaluate.”Hill and the child’s mother, Crystal Espinal, Hill’s fiancee, reportedly temporarily lost custody of the child.The Chiefs suspended Hill for the “foreseeable future” in April after an audio recording surfaced of Hill allegedly threatening Espinal.Hill issued a statement that month saying he was “innocent of any crime.” His attorney, Trey Pettlon, told the Star the criminal case had been closed for a while.“It’s my understanding the criminal investigation has been closed for quite some time now and obviously there’s been some misinformation about that, but it is closed,” Pettlon said.However, Hill still faces possible punishment from the NFL. Prosecutors say the child abuse probe involving Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill is “not an active investigation,” meaning he faces no charges, the Kansas City Star reported Friday.The wide receiver had been the subject of an investigation following an alleged incident in March in which his 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm.