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Bleacher ReportWinners, Losers and Takeaways of Jrue Holiday Trade to Milwaukee Bucks[/u]
Winner: David Griffin
Just as he did when he dealt Anthony Davis to the Lakers last June, Pelicans VP of basketball operations David Griffin got as much back as he could have hoped for in the Holiday deal.
This time, Griffin was dealing from a position of strength. Plenty of teams were interested in Holiday, and the Pelicans would have been perfectly happy going into the season with him still on the roster and trying again at the deadline if Griffin didn't get an offer he liked.
Three future first-rounders for a player who can become a free agent next offseason is a great return, which is to say nothing of Hill and Bledsoe. Both of them can help New Orleans right away as they look to make a return to the playoffs, and if things go sideways, either one can be flipped at the deadline to a contender.
One of them may prove expendable anyway if Ball develops as the Pelicans think he will.
Griffin did well here.