The Philadelphia 76ers are entering a rebuilding phase and part of the process is the dismantling of a team. Jrue Holiday was one of the casualties and was shipped off to New Orleans. Being traded can be an emotional experience for a player, especially the first time. For Jrue, the experience was no different.
But it didn’t last long.
“It was like five minutes, to be honest,” Holiday said, via Sekou Smith of NBA.com’s Hangtime Blog. “After I got the call and they said I got traded, I immediately thought about [Sixers guard] Evan Turner. We’d been through everything together in Philly, really grown up together in the league in Philly along with Thad Young, Spencer Hawes and those guys, But then I thought about it and it was like, ‘oh snap, Eric Gordon‘s on your team. Anthony Davis is on your team. Ryan Anderson, Austin Rivers and at the time [Robin] Lopez. This could be crazy.’ They sent me to a good team. This could be a blessing in disguise.”
New Orleans is a team on the rise having just added Tyreke Evans. Add All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis and there is a lot to be hopeful about on Bourbon Street.
“I’m not looking back. We’ve got a chance to do some special things in New Orleans.”