The Knicks' Justin Holiday told the New York Post's Marc Berman it would "be a dream come true" if his brother Jrue joined New York as a free agent next season.
"If we can play together, that would be a dream come true and we'd be successful doing it,'' Justin Holiday said. "We both want to win and both know each other's game in and out. We both know what we're going to get from each other when we play together. It just makes sense.
"I'm not saying just because he's my brother. But I know when we play together, good things happen because we know each other's game so well. We do play hard on both ends of the floor. When you have that at both positions, it's going to help."
Justin Holiday is 14 months older than Jrue.
Some members of the Knicks organization view Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday as a free agent target for the team this offseason, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
As Begley points out, Phil Jackson showed interest in trading for Holiday earlier in his tenure with the Knicks, so interest in the point guard this offseason makes sense.
Holiday has appeared in 45 games this season with New Orleans, and is averaging 15.9 points, 7.4 assists, and 4.1 rebounds in 32.6 minutes per game. The 26-year old is shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from the three-point line.
The point guard signed a 4-year, $41 million contract extension with Philadelphia during the 2012-2013 season, and was traded to New Orleans during the following offseason. He is set to hit the open market for the first time in his career this summer.
It'd be great to see Justin stick around with the Knicks for a while. Widely considered an afterthought of the Derrick Rose trade, he's steadily become a major piece of the Knicks' rotation. His versatility makes him a clutch "3 and D" guy who can help swing the momentum of a given contest in New York's favor. He's had to grind it out both in the D-League and overseas to reach the NBA, so it would make sense for him to show a display of loyalty to the Knicks when it comes time to negotiate a contract. They gave him the chance of a lifetime. Having his brother around give him all the more reason to stay.
The Knicks should be focusing on building organically and targeting a point guard through the draft instead. Should instant gratification be too tempting, Jrue's youth makes him a happy medium that would allow New York to build towards a future run with longevity, even if they have to pay a pretty penny for it. Perhaps they can spend big & short, convincing him to sign a three year deal, so he provides a bridge and mentor for a prospect who stands to be next in line. If targeting Jrue helps them lock up Justin (or vice versa), then this package deal is worth consideration. The Knicks would be able to fill a big need, while retaining significant depth at the same time.