Sources: Jrue Holiday to return to Pelicans

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Jrue Holiday has played three seasons with the Pelicans. (Getty Images)
Jrue Holiday has played three seasons with the Pelicans. (Getty Images)

After leaving the New Orleans Pelicans for several weeks to care for his ailing wife and newborn child, point guard Jrue Holiday’s return to the team is imminent, league sources told The Vertical.

Holiday, 26, is expected to return to practice by Tuesday, league sources told The Vertical.

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There are tentative plans for Holiday to return to the Pelicans’ lineup next week and likely make his season debut no later than Nov. 18 against the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources told The Vertical.

There’s an outside chance that Holiday could return Wednesday against the Orlando Magic, sources said. Holiday missed training camp and the start of the regular season and it will take time for him to return to game shape.

Holiday’s wife, Lauren, gave birth to a baby girl and underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor. Holiday left the team to care for her, missing the Pelicans’ eight losses in nine games this season.

New Orleans won its first game on Thursday night, defeating Milwaukee 112-106.

The Pelicans are desperate for Holiday’s return to the lineup. Along with All-Star Anthony Davis, Holiday is a cornerstone player for the franchise. Holiday averaged 16.8 points and six assists for the Pelicans last season. In his seven NBA seasons, including an All-Star appearance, Holiday has averaged 14.1 points and 6.1 assists.

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