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Knicks News: Justin Holiday helping Phil Jackson recruit Brother Jrue in free agency; Derrick Rose’s replacement

PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | Jrue Holiday

New York Knicks forward Justin Holiday and New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday will both become free agents in the upcoming offseason. The Holiday brothers plan to play together in one team with the Knicks as a potential destination this summer.

The Knicks suffered another disappointing season despite successfully creating a Super Team last summer. Their decision to bring Derrick Rose to New York turned out to be a failed experiment. To end their struggle, Knicks president Phil Jackson may consider another option in the upcoming offseason.

Rose will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time this summer. Despite expressing his intention to re-sign, the Knicks are expected to find his replacement either via free agency or via NBA draft. With their plan to use the triangle offense, the Knicks will look for a pass-first point guard in the offseason.

Justin Holiday reunites with brother Jrue in New York

Jackson revealed their plan to pursue New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday in the upcoming free agency. His brother, Justin, played his first season with the Knicks and the only player to play 82 games. Justin Holiday, who will also become a free agent this summer, expressed his intention to team up with Jrue Holiday next season.

“If we can play together, that would be a dream come true and we’d be successful doing it. Now it’s time to talk, time to figure it out,’’ Justin Holiday told New York Post. “We’ll take some time off. We’ll sit and talk eventually. I’m excited to see him. The family thing first and we’ll figure it out after.’’

Justin Holiday can help the Knicks bring his brother Jrue in New York in free agency. He will undeniably be a great fit for the Knicks, especially in running Phil Jackson’s preferred offensive strategy, the triangle offense. However, it is still a possibility that the Holiday brothers will consider a reunion in the New Orleans Pelicans.

Justin Holiday comfortable with the triangle offense

Unlike most of the Knicks’ players, Justin Holiday expressed his comfortability with the triangle offense. Knicks president Phil Jackson revealed that they already identify “12 players’’ on the roster who are triangle fit but admitted that re-signing them would be an issue. If the Knicks decide to re-sign Holiday, he could help them pursue Jrue in the offseason.

“It’s the next thing to figure out,’’ Holiday said. “It’s going t o be exciting — hopefully not too stressful. I’ve never been in this position before. Shoot, having multiple teams might wanting me is a first. I’ll consider all the options, hopefully, take my time and make the right decision.’’

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