The New Orleans Pelicans acquired point guard Jrue Holiday from the Philadelphia 76ers for the draft rights to former Kentucky Wildcats’ big man Nerlens Noel, among other assets on draft night.
The Pelicans hoped putting Holiday with their two big acquisitions from the year before, talented three-point shooter and rebounder Ryan Anderson and the #1 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Anthony Davis, could make them a playoff contender.
Only Davis has lived up to his part of the deal, turning into a superstar.
Anderson has been out with a herniated disc and Holiday hasn’t played since January 8 because of a stress fracture in his right tibia.
On Friday, the Pelicans revealed Holiday had surgery and was officially out for the season.
Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com made the announcement on the Pelicans’ official blog.
"Already without their starting center for the remainder of 2013-14, the New Orleans Pelicans announced Friday that their first-string point guard also won’t play again this season. Jrue Holiday, an All-Star in 2013 who was acquired in a draft-night trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, has undergone season-ending surgery to correct a right tibia stress fracture."
Holiday was averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game before the injury.