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Jrue Holiday to be traded to Milwaukee for players, picks

The person told The Associated Press that the Pelicans are getting Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and a package of future first-round draft picks from the Bucks.
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New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday celebrates a 3-point basket late in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Pelicans won 124-117. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

A person with knowledge of the situation says point guard Jrue Holiday is being traded from New Orleans to Milwaukee. 

The Bucks are aiming to give two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo the improved roster that he seeks with the decision on his supermax contract extension looming. 

The person told The Associated Press that the Pelicans are getting Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and a package of future first-round draft picks from the Bucks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no deal had been finalized. 

Holiday is a veteran guard known for his offense and his defense. He averaged 19.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 2019-20 as the Pelicans struggled initially had a surge and finished poorly in the Orlando bubble.

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Given that the Pelicans figure to be lining up for future success, it makes sense to get young assets to surround star sophomore Zion Williamson and All-Star Brandon Ingram.