The New York Knicks will reportedly pursue New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, who can become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, per Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

Begley reported that the Knicks were likely to gamble on Holiday if he enters the free agent market this summer after Phil Jackson, the President of Basketball Operations for the Knicks, expressed supposed interest in the Pelicans guard earlier in his tenure with the franchise. This news comes shortly after the Knicks waived Brandon Jennings to clear space for the signing of young guard Chasson Randle, 24.

It would appear that the Knicks have ran out of patience with starting point Derrick Rose after scanning the market and discussing a possible swap deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves including Ricky Rubio.

It’s fair to say that Holiday, 26, has had a rather dramatic season thus far. He missed the opening 12 games of the season as well as the Pelicans’ entire preseason to tend to his pregnant wife, who was battling a brain tumor. His wife and child are in a healthy state currently after this stressful, emotional ordeal. However, Holiday came back in after this brief hiatus and stabilized a New Orleans side that had won just two games prior to his return.

Currently averaging 15.9 points per contest on a career-high 45.8 percent from the field along with 7.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals, Holiday would be an incredible asset for the Knicks to pick up. However, it may not be that simple.

This being the UCLA products 7th consecutive year averaging 13+ points per game, Holiday is not without his suitors. With all the turmoil that appears to be occurring behind the scenes, and the question as to whether their superstar Carmelo Anthony is staying put, New York may not be Holiday’s preferred move.

With new acquisition DeMarcus Cousins now amongst the Pelicans barracks, it is unlikely that Holiday would want to pass up on the chance to play alongside one of the best frontcourts in NBA history.

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