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 –
Kershaw’s day was finished after that inning. He threw 82 pitches in his final playoff prep. He walked one – his 11th of the season in 149 innings – and struck out only four. For the season, his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 15.6 shatters the former record set by Phil Hughes in 2014 (11.6).“Sure. Yeah. I mean, I don’t have a choice,” Kershaw said when asked if he felt ready for the post-season. “I feel good. Arm feels good. I want to be perfect. It wasn’t perfect today but good enough for sure, yeah.”Kershaw wasn’t the most dominant left-hander in Saturday’s game. Giants rookie Ty Blach pitched eight scoreless innings in just his fourth big-league appearance and second start.The Dodgers made very little hard contact against him all day and managed just singles by Adrian Gonzalez in the second, Yasiel Puig in the fourth and Joc Pederson in the eighth. Only Gonzalez made it as far as second base.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had expressed optimism this week that his team was turning around its fortunes against lefties after beating Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich and getting to Giants ace Madison Bumgarner early in Friday’s game.Saturday put a big dent in that optimism.“We just couldn’t figure him out,” Roberts said of Blach who also pitched three hitless innings in relief against the Dodgers in September. “He was throwing fastballs and getting ahead of guys. We just couldn’t really put any good swings together, let alone consistent at-bats consecutively.“Today wasn’t a good day. … I think we gave away a lot of at-bats today. We’ve got to be better. We’re going to see a lefty in the next series (Washington’s Gio Gonzalez). We’ve got to be better.”The Giants’ win set up a photo finish for the final playoff spot in the National League Sunday. The three teams vying for the two wild-card spots – the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and Giants – each won Saturday. The Mets clinched the top spot with that win. The Giants maintain a one-game lead over the Cardinals heading into the final game of the regular season.If the Giants win or the Cardinals lose Sunday, the Giants would play the Mets in the wild-card game Wednesday in New York. If the Dodgers beat the Giants on Sunday and the Cardinals win, it would set up a one-game playoff for the final wild card on Monday in St. Louis. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s only exciting if we win so we’ll try to win on Friday.”They’ll try to win without homefield advantage in the first round for the first time since their 2013 run to the NL Championship Series. The Dodgers had the homefield edge but lost in the first round anyway in 2014 (to the St. Louis Cardinals) and 2015 (to the New York Mets).“To me, it doesn’t matter,” said Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen who pitched a desultory eighth inning on Saturday. “We just don’t want to go home after the first round again.”Kershaw will again figure prominently in that. He certainly looked ready for the task most of the day Saturday.He retired the first 11 Giants batters in order and allowed just three hits in the first six innings, cruising along on 69 pitches. One of the hits was a solo home run by Angel Pagan, however, and the Giants added two more runs in the seventh inning when Brandon Crawford’s comebacker caromed off Kershaw and was thrown away for an error by Justin Turner when he recovered the ball. SAN FRANCISCO >> Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound at Nationals Park next Friday. That is both a relief and a disappointment for the Dodgers.Kershaw made his fifth start since spending 75 days outside the lines with a herniated disc in his back and pitched well again, going seven innings for the second consecutive start and allowing just one earned run. But the Dodgers did nothing offensively against another left-handed pitcher and lost to the San Francisco Giants 3-0 Saturday afternoon.The fourth loss in five games since they clinched the National League West title last Sunday ended any possibility of the Dodgers catching the Washington Nationals for homefield in their NL Division Series matchup. That best-of-five series will open on Friday at Nationals Park.“It looked bleak there for a little bit in the middle of the season,” Kershaw said of drawing the Game 1 assignment for a fourth consecutive fall. “Didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it to this point. Now that it’s here it’s exciting.