The draft night deal between the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans finally became official today.
The trade saw the 76ers send out all-star point guard Jrue Holiday along with the 42nd pick in the 2013 draft for the Nerlens Noel, the 6th pick in the 2013 NBA draft, as well as a 2014 first round pick from the Pelicans, which is top 5 protected.
Sam Hinkie had this to say in a press release:
"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."
We've talked about this trade quite a bit, so there really isn't much to discuss.
On the other side of the trade, here are some quotes about the acquisition of Jrue Holiday.
From Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps:
"Jrue is the ideal fit for our team having already established himself as an All-Star guard at the age of 23. "His leadership abilities also fit the culture we are developing for our franchise and he will be an integral addition to the Pelicans family for many years to come."
From Pelicans head coach Monty Williams:
"We are very pleased with the opportunity to add a high character player with talent and experience to our roster like Jrue. We believe he will be an integral part of our program and help us continue in the positive direction we are headed as a team."
Holiday had a press conference this evening, which was broadcast on Pelicans.com. I cannot find it on the website now, but I would assume it will be on "Pelevision" within the next 24 hours if you wish to watch it.