3 potential trades for Sixers to acquire Jrue Holiday and complete The Process

3 potential trades for Sixers to acquire Jrue Holiday and complete The Process

Despite Anthony Davis’ trade request rocking the NBA landscape this week, there’s a different Pelicans All-Star that the Sixers, just a week before the league’s trade deadline, should be targeting: guard Jrue Holiday.

The Sixers' three main weaknesses at this moment are (in order) point-of-attack defense, secondary ball-handling, and lack of spacing. Holiday is a competent enough shooter (35.6 percent from deep for his career) to keep opposing defenses at ease while Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler cook with the ball in their hands. He’s more than capable of running the team’s offense while Simmons works as a roll man at the 4 or Butler cuts off ball. Most importantly, he’s an elite on-ball defender, landing on the All-Defensive First Team last year, filling a massive hole left vacant after Robert Covington’s departure back in November.

Acquiring Holiday serves the team’s most pressing on-court needs while also providing the additional benefit of shutting up your one uncle who hasn’t stopped complaining about “Scam Hinkie” trading away Holiday six years ago at every family holiday dinner. His departure from Philadelphiaa kicked off the franchise’s rebuilding plan, so it’s only fitting that The Process comes full circle with Holiday in Sixers red, white and blue once again.

Here are three different ways the Sixers could catapult in the Eastern Conference standings and land Holiday:

Trade Option No. 1

Sixers receive: Holiday

Pelicans receive: F Wilson Chandler, G Markelle Fultz, 2019 Sixers first rounder, 2021 Heat first-round pick (via Sixers)

New Orleans begins its massive teardown a bit early ahead of the eventual Davis trade, as the Pelicans acquire two future first rounders, including a juicy unprotected first from Miami in 2021, as well as Markelle Fultz, who I have no idea how to properly value at this point, but who presents head coach Alvin Gentry with a massive reclamation project.

Trade Option No. 2

Hawks receive: G Furkan Korkmaz, G Frank Jackson, 2019 Kings second-rounder (via Sixers), Bulls 2019 second-rounder (via Sixers)

Sixers receive: Holiday, F Nikola Mirotic, F Taurean Prince

Pelicans receive: Chandler, Fultz, G Zhaire Smith, F/C Mike Muscala, C Justin Patton, 2019 Sixers first-rounder, Sixers 2021 first-rounder , 2021 Heat first-rounder (via Sixers)

Things get a little dicier when trying to incorporate Mirotic’s salary and be realistic about roster spots, but this three-team deal gets the job done.

While the Sixers should be hesitant to add any players who could be turnstiles defensively, Brett Brown and, more importantly, Joel Embiid seem keen on having a stretch big man on the roster. Mirotic would be an easy upgrade on both ends of the court over Mike Muscala in that Ersan Ilyasova-patented role. Mirotic may not draw as many charges as Ilyasova does on defense, but he can best the former Sixer offensively.

The Sixers loved blitzing teams without Embiid on the court during last season’s stretch run with lineups centered around Simmons and multiple shooters. Mirotic is shooting 36.8 percent on his three-pointers this year and Ilyasova is making just 34.5 percent of his. What makes that difference even more remarkable is that Mirotic is shooting three times as many threes per game than Ilyasova (7.2 compared to 2.4).

A lineup of Simmons, Landry Shamet, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler and Mirotic would be two transition three-pointers away from blowing the roof off the Wells Fargo Center in an April playoff game. Add in a fourth quarter pick-and-roll alley-oop from Holiday to Simmons too and you’ll have me shirtless in the mezzanine level.

The Pelicans get a larger package in return this time around that includes a young lottery pick from last summer in Smith and a future pick from Dallas. The Hawks snag a couple of picks to take a swing on for their help in moving salaries while the Sixers also get back a solid young wing in Prince to round out their rotation

Trade Option No. 3

Lakers receive: F/C Anthony Davis, F Darius Miller

Sixers receive: Holiday

Pelicans receive: Chandler, Fultz, G Lonzo Ball, G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, F Brandon Ingram, 2019 Sixers first-rounder, 2019 Lakers first-rounder, 2021 Heat first-rounder (via Sixers), 2021 Lakers first-rounder, 2023 Lakers first-rounder

Let’s call this one “The Klutch Sports Special.” Davis gets what appears to be his preferred destination in Los Angeles alongside LeBron James. The Sixers, home to Klutch Sports client Ben Simmons, help engineer this league-altering move by boosting their own Finals chances with Holiday back in the picture. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, yet another Kutch Sports-backed player, waives his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal in terms of salary matching.

The Lakers (through shadow general manager LeBron) smash the emergency button and get Davis for this spring’s playoff push, throwing three first-rounders at New Orleans in addition to thrusting Ball and Ingram into immediate starting roles in The Big Easy. Losing two All-Stars is a rough look for a floundering franchise, but recouping five first-rounders and young key contributors is about as good of a deal as the Pelicans are going to get.

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I have invested a great deal of time in binge-watching NBC’s The Office on more than one occasion, with the most recent instance taking place during this period of quarantine.

One of the best aspects of the show, is its location — its proximity to the city we know and love. 

According to Dwight K. Schrute, Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch is only a 30-minute trip to Philadelphia if you drive 240 miles per hour — which to be very clear, we don’t recommend. 

So it’s really no surprise that the characters have often discussed things that we hold near and dear to our hearts in this city: cheesesteaks and Philly sports. 

In fact, we have compiled a list of 20 mentions, references, and reminders of Philly sports across 19 of the show’s 201 total episodes. 

S1E1: Pilot


Meet Ryan Howard.
I’ll leave it at that. 

S1E5: Basketball

The lack of Sixers t-shirts during the matchup between The Office versus The Warehouse was quite disappointing, but this absolutely incredible find made up for it: a mask eerily similar to Joel Embiid’s mask in the 2018 playoffs and a Mike Scott.


Foreshadowing two greats, perhaps?

S2E3: Office Olympics

If you look closely, you’ll notice a Mike Lieberthal bobblehead on Dwight’s desk. A nod to the Phillies, right? Sure. But the reference goes deeper than just the red and white pinstripes. 

Mike Lieberthal’s full name is Michael Scott Lieberthal. Mind blown? 


S3E23: The Job

When interviewing for a job at the corporate office, CFO David Wallace jokes around with Jim about his candidacy for the position because he’s a Sixers fan. Clap your hands, indeed, Halpert.

S3E18: The Negotiation

Jim’s then-girlfriend complains about his priorities, saying, “You would rather sit on your couch and watch a Phillies game than go out to a movie with your awesome girlfriend.”

What is the issue here, exactly?

S4E9: Local Ad

Jim shows Pam Dwight’s profile in the game Second Life when she notices that Jim gave his character a job as a sports writer in Philadelphia. 

Careful what you wish for, Beesly.
S4E15: Night Out

Ryan Howard pretends to be The Big Piece at a club.
Again, just going to leave it at that.

S4E16: Did I Stutter?

Ryan calls Jim into the conference room to ask the question we Eagles fans hate: Why?

Well, he really asks “How?” but you get the point. 

S5E18: Blood Drive

Kevin Malone recaps his worst breakup, saying, “We were reading the paper and I said, ‘Oh my God, I think the Eagles could clinch the NFC East.’ And she said that we’re done.” 

The Eagles, of course, had some fun with that: 

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S6E6: Mafia

This one was a sneaky one. Jimbo has made it pretty clear that he’s a Philly sports guy, but his love spreads as far as the Arena Football League, too. If you look closely at his desk when Kevin “moves in” during the Halpert honeymoon, you can see a football with what looks like the AFL logo on its side. Philadelphia Soul fan, huh?

S7E8: Viewing Party

Jim changes the channel during the company’s Glee viewing party.

S9E1: New Guys

In an effort to become friends with one of the new guys, Pete, Jim asks if he’s a fan of the Phillies. After a couple of *coughs* stupid answers, Pete says he’s a Red Sox fan.


S9E2: Roy’s Wedding

During the car ride back from Roy’s wedding, Pam tells Jim about a past plan to surprise him with Sixers tickets for his 30th birthday. Jim, already knowing about the gift, laughs with his wife about her mistake of buying courtside seats to an away game in Phoenix. 

An away game nowadays? With their record on the road? Dodged a bullet there.

S9E3: Andy's Ancestry 

At the end of this episode, Jim tells Pam that he’s accepted an offer at Athlead, a sports marketing agency in Philadelphia.

S9E10: Lice

Kevin, Darryl, and Jim talk about the Sixers during their lunch break. 

Later in that episode, Jim has a meeting with Sixers legend, Julius Erving. 

A little 1-on-1 with Dr. J? Sure, no biggie.


S9E14: Vandalism

At the 11:10 minute mark, the Philadelphia Flyers show up on the bottom of this presentation board on the bottom right corner at Athlead, the first reference we could find regarding the Flyers in any capacity. 

Additionally, there are quite a few Eagles names on here, inlcuding Nick Foles,  Jason Kelce and Kurt Coleman and even Andrew McCutchen, though it would be prior to him joining the Phillies of course. 

S9E18: Promos

Ryan Howard (yes, THE Ryan Howard) has a meeting at Athlead with Jim and Darryl. During their conversation, he shares his screenplay for “The Big Piece.”

The other Ryan Howard even sent him a special video message during his retirement ceremony at Citizens Bank Park in one of the greatest crossovers we have ever seen.


S9E20: Paper Airplane

Jim gets a call from a colleague over at Athlead and asks if they’ve heard back from Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels yet. 

S9E21: Livin’ the Dream

The last mention I noticed came from the final season’s 21st episode. Jim is once again trying to connect with Pete, saying “Go Phillies, right?” before realizing Pete stinks and doesn’t watch the beautiful game of baseball.

There you have it, all of the mentions we could find in this show regarding Philly sports, except the Flyers, which we are still unsure if Halpert is a fan of or not. 

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