In the 1964 musical Mary Poppins the two main characters are transported into an animated version of a park, complete with tuxedoed penguins and singing farm animals. Bert, played by the legendary Dick Van Dyke, is so filled with joy at being on an adventure with the magical Mary Poppins (played by Julie Andrews) that he bursts into song:
“Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with Mary!” is the key refrain from his song. Now, the Golden State Warriors don’t have any players named Mary, but there is a way to make their “heart so light” and it’s to add a jolly Holiday.
Can the Warriors have a Jolly Holiday?
Damian Lillard is now a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, and in the maelstrom of a three-team trade, All-Star guard Jrue Holiday landed with the Portland Trail Blazers. That seems to be nothing more than a temporary situation, as the rebuilding Blazers are expected to move Holiday on to another team in the coming days.
Jrue Holiday is one of the league’s best perimeter defenders, has a versatile offensive game, and has proven himself to be a “16-game” player, serving as the second-best player on a championship team just two years ago.
Could the Warriors “feel so grand” and improve their championship odds by dealing for Holiday? Let’s step into the glorious day of such a trade and see the specifics of the deal.