The trade is now official. Jrue Holiday is no longer a Sixer, and is now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, and Nerlens Noel is now a Philadelphia 76er. The Sixers also receive a 2014 first-round draft pick as well.
Sam Hinkie said,
The draft is an important pipeline of talent for our team and our intention was to add players who could position us well for the future, while also allowing us to capitalize on attractive opportunities to acquire top-flight talent or additional future draft choices. Nerlens Noel and an additional 2014 first-round draft choice give us two new opportunities to add talent to our team.
Holiday had his introductory press conference yesterday and said,
Once I got the call, Hinkie said I was traded, the initial hit is obviously like, ‘Wow, what kind of happened?’ But, back then, once you start thinking about it, you have Ryan Anderson, Jason Smith, you had Robin Lopez, you have Eric Gordon, I was like, ‘Well, dang, we’re actually going to be really good,’
Once I initially heard the trade news break out on draft night, I was in complete shock, and I still can’t believe Holiday is now gone. I thought he was our future moving forward. But Sam Hinkie has a plan, a smart plan, and he knows what he’s doing. We just have to trust in Hinkie that he can bring this team back to playoff contention again.