January 29, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, United States; New Orleans Pelicans goalie Lonzo Ball (2) faces Milwaukee Bucks goalie Jrue Holiday (21) in the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans are now nearly a year away from the Jrue Holiday trade, which seems like a good time to look back.

The Pels traded their franchise icon (which I think should retire his number) for Eric Bledsoe, two future first-round draft picks and two future draft trades.

The Pelicans are now sitting on a ton of future draft picks and young talent, but they finished 11th in the Western Conference last season and there is debate as to whether they have improved.

Meanwhile, Jrue Holiday and the Milwaukee Bucks clinched the title, with Holiday making the First-Team All-Defense and playing a key role in their race to the championship.

He signed a maximum extension to stay with the Bucks and there is a strong argument that the contract should have been with the New Orleans Pelicans.

New Orleans Pelicans: Jrue Holiday wanted to be traded

It would be unfair to judge Jrue Holiday’s trade in a vacuum, as the All-Star Keeper wanted to be transferred to a team looking for titles, not the 8th seed.

There’s a good chance he hasn’t re-signed with the squad anyway, so David Griffin didn’t have many options but to trade him.

But after what we’ve seen this year, and the way the list is being built now, it would be nice to still have Jrue Holiday in the frame.

The Pelicans’ defense is still terrible and they still lack a reliable third scoring option, two areas where Holiday certainly could have helped.

They also lack a veteran leader and could use his voice in the locker room. It’s safe to say that Jrue Holiday is even better suited now than he was in his last season with the Pelicans, as the Pels are better positioned to compete with a roster more suited to Zion Williamson’s skills.

Not having a vacation is one thing, but they haven’t done much to replace him since he was traded.

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