Jrue Holiday is ready for the New Orleans Pelicans' next chapter.

New Orleans' roster underwent a major overhaul as the team selected former Duke star Zion Williamson with the number one pick and sent star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.

Holiday, who has been with the Pelicans since 2013-14, said Williamson has already made an impact.

"You can see just how much joy he's brought to the city," Holiday told The Athletic.

"I don't want to put too much on him because it can be hard to carry something like that at such a young age. I know he's a freakish athlete and a smart kid. If anyone can carry that burden, it would probably be him."

Holiday and Davis are close friends off the court, but the former said it would be "different" playing against the 26-year-old star.

"Obviously I grew up a Lakers fan, so it's cool to see [Davis] go there. But I still want to beat him – hands down," Holiday said.

"It's going to be different seeing him on the other side because we know each other so well. But he knows when we play [the Lakers], it's going to be a battle. I'm going to want that win just as badly as he does."

Holiday, 29, averaged a career-high 21.2 points – along with 7.7 assists – while shooting 47.2 per cent from the field last season. He also added 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

"I want to be the ultimate professional and the best team-mate,"  Holiday said. "When people talk about me, I want them to say, 'Jrue can really hoop.' That's it. I'm here to play basketball. I'm here to help my team-mates. I just want to be known as a good basketball player. Obviously, winning is a big part of that and I want to be known as a winner. That's the ultimate goal."

The Pelicans signed veterans Derrick Favors and JJ Redick this offseason.

David Griffin saw the future of the New Orleans Pelicans in a brief moment during NBA Summer League practice, and the executive vice president of basketball operations said things look "crazy" good.

Griffin introduced recruits Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart after a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers centred on Anthony Davis, and Derrick Favors – acquired from the Utah Jazz.

Coupled with first pick Zion Williamson and eighth selection Jaxson Hayes, along with returning guard Jrue Holiday, and the Pelicans are expected to be one of the most-improved teams in the NBA in 2019-20.

Griffin is thrilled with what he has seen so far, like that special moment in a recent Summer League practice.

"There was a moment where Jaxson Hayes was out running the floor in a practice with Zion on the other side, and they were sort of just messing around … and the speed those guys have just at a trot is mind-numbing," Griffin told reporters on Tuesday. "Alvin and I looked at it and we thought, 'Man with those guys on the wing, and with Lonzo at the point, what we'll be able to do speed-wise is crazy'."

That is crazy in a good way for the Pelicans, unlike last season's 33-49 craziness, lowlighted by the persistent trade rumours surrounding Davis.

Griffin said he is excited all the acquisitions come from winning backgrounds, adding: "We want to surround ourselves with people that have won championships on any level, because it's a frequency you learn to tune to. We're deep with selfless winners."

Former Lakers guard Ball welcomes the move to New Orleans, saying: "It's a fresh start. It's a restart. … I know the media is not like it was in LA, but I know the fans are great and come out and support [us]."

Ball added: "I'm getting back to playing the style I've been playing my whole life, I'm very comfortable in a high uptempo offense like coach Gentry has."

The Pelicans will enter this season with high expectations and playing under a microscope with Williamson on display. But Griffin wants the players to believe anything is possible.

"Look at what the NBA has become, and the way teams are built," Griffin said. "You can't dream big enough in this league. I think I want everyone's approach to this to be, 'Why not us?'"

David Griffin says the New Orleans Pelicans are "Jrue Holiday's team" and he is not relying on Zion Williamson to "be the saviour of this franchise".

Former Duke star Williamson - widely considered the top prospect of recent years - was selected first overall by the Pelicans in Thursday's NBA Draft.

The 18-year-old's arrival in New Orleans prompted excitement among supporters, who are set to see key man Anthony Davis depart for the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade.

But executive vice president of basketball operations Griffin is not asking Williamson to single-handedly rescue the Pelicans, who missed the playoffs last season amid off-court drama with the wantaway Davis.

Griffin is instead happy to hand former Philadelphia 76ers guard Holiday the reins for the time being.

"This is not somebody who is supposed to be the saviour of this franchise," he told reporters of Williamson. "That's not what this is.

"This is a 19-year-old kid [Williamson turns 19 in July], who's going to spend this year learning how to play winning NBA basketball.

"This is Jrue Holiday's team. Zion is going to be part of learning how to win at a really high level.

"And, at some point, if there's a time when the baton gets passed in terms of who is expected to carry us to win games, it will. That's not now.

"This is a 19-year-old kid. We're going to take time with this."

But Griffin was still happy to talk up Williamson's impressive attributes, adding: "Physically, he's touched by the hand of God to play this game.

"He's a population of one. Nobody really has ever been exactly quite like him.

"People use a lot of big names, a lot of Hall of Fame names, but nobody has ever had his exact combination of size, explosiveness, lateral quickness, ability to defend multiple positions and willingness to do what it takes to win."

And despite Griffin's urge for caution, Williamson insists he is ready to step into a leadership role in New Orleans.

"Yeah, I see myself trying to step into a leadership role," he said.

"When I think about doing that, I have to also understand my team-mates and understand where their heads are at. If you're not on the same page, things don't usually go well.

"I think it's a matter of us coming together, making the same goals and just willing to win, and I think we can do something special."

Jrue Holiday has strong feelings on the trade request Anthony Davis extended to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

The 10-year veteran guard said Davis was the main reason he stayed in New Orleans when he had a chance to leave.

"He's like 90 per cent of the reason that I stayed," Holiday said, via Nola.com. "He's a talent that comes once in a generation – a seven-footer who can do everything at his skill level."

Holiday could have explored free agency in 2017. Instead, he opted to sign a five-year deal worth $125million and remain in New Orleans.

Holiday is averaging career highs in points (21.2), rebounds (4.9) and assists (8.1) this season. He has played alongside Davis since 2013.

The Pelicans reportedly learned about Davis' intentions "a couple days ago", according to Holiday. 

Davis intends to play out the rest of the regular season with New Orleans if he is not traded, but the franchise and his team-mates will have to prepare for life without him come the end of the campaign.

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