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Jrue Holiday posts farewell message to Pelicans, city of New Orleans, fans

Jrue Holiday is moving on from the New Orleans Pelicans after seven outstanding seasons following a blockbuster trade to the Milwaukee Bucks.

On Wednesday, the star player shared a farewell message on social media in which he thanked the Pelicans organization, the City of New Orleans and most importantly, the team’s fans.

Holiday’s heartfelt message follows, which includes the superstar expressing sincere gratitude for the support received when he and his family faced an incredibly challenging ordeal in 2016.

Thank You New Orleans.

In my mind, you can always judge people in how they react to when you are at your toughest point. Through all my family’s challenges four years ago, the entire Pelicans’ organization and the city of New Orleans always had my back and my family’s back. The fans throughout the beautiful city of New Orleans always had our back. We love New Orleans, and you loved us back more than we could have ever dreamed of. New Orleans will always hold a special place in our hearts. I am forever grateful for every minute my family and I have spent with you. A special thanks to Mrs. B[enson], the entire Pelicans organization top to bottom, and most important, to every fan throughout the Bayou.

Above Love,

Jrue Holiday

Holiday’s mention of a “toughest point” is about when Holiday took an indefinite leave from the Pelicans in 2016 and missed the start of the season to support wife Lauren after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. One month following her diagnosis, Lauren gave birth to their daughter, Jrue Tyler Holiday.

Holiday’s emotional farewell post follows how the Pelicans shared similar sentiments about the impact the star had on the organization and New Orleans.

Holiday closes his seven-year run in the Crescent City averaging 17.6 points, 6.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals across 415 games and 364 starts. A huge contributor on both ends of the court, Holiday earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors in 2018 and an NBA All-Defensive Second Team nod in 2019.