The 2016-17 NBA season was filled with disappointment for the Dallas Mavericks (33-49), and poor point guard play played a huge factor in the disappointment. The Mavericks young roster started to mesh well towards the end of the season, but it seemed to be missing a key ingredient of being able to compete, a good point guard.
Veteran point guard Jrue Holiday has been a consistent point guard his whole career, and now that he is a free agent, multiple NBA teams have started to show interest in him. Leading the herd are the Dallas Mavericks, who have emerged as contenders along with the New York Knicks and the New Orleans Pelicans in the Jrue Holiday sweepstakes.
Jrue’s brother, Justin Holiday, currently plays for the Knicks, but both brothers have showed interest in playing together, so if the Dallas Mavericks could sign Justin, that could put them in line for a Jrue Holiday signing this offseason.
Both Holiday brothers would have considerable value to the Mavericks. Jrue has been an all-star point guard when healthy, and last year was the healthiest he has been since his stent in Philadelphia. Justin on the other hand proved this year that he can be a potentially great role player who could provide defense and the occasional three off the bench. If the Mavericks pull this move off, it could possibly propel them into the playoffs.
The Mavericks are no strangers to big offseason moves. The latest two moves they made have had varying results. The addition of small forward Harrison Barnes has been a success since Barnes brought that championship personality back to the Mavericks, but center Andrew Bogut did the exact opposite. Bogut had a terrible season with the Mavs, and he was dealt before the trade deadline.
The Mavericks have made risky moves in the past, so there is not telling what they may do this offseason. After all, this season has a few big names at the point guard spot. Names such as Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry could alter the Mavericks attention from the Holiday brothers, but for now, their focus is on both Jrue and Justin Holiday this offseason.
The only team that could compete with the hard-swinging Mavericks is Jrue Holiday’s current team, the New Orleans Pelicans. Whether or not Jrue Holiday is in a Maverick uniform depends on how much money the Pelicans are willing to shell out for Holiday.