Jrue Holiday out indefinitely with fractured tibia

Jrue Holiday out indefinitely with fractured tibia
January 10, 2014, 11:30 am
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Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely with a fractured tibia, an injury that not only impacts the Pelicans but also potentially changes the Sixers' 2014 draft options. (USA Today Images)

Former Sixer and current Pelican Jrue Holiday has a stress fracture in his right tibia.

The Pelicans announced late Friday morning that Holiday is out indefinitely. 

Holiday was enjoying a successful follow-up to his first All-Star season and final year with the Sixers. In 34 games with New Orleans, he has averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 assists.

Holiday was traded along with a second-rounder to the Pelicans on draft night in 2013 for the rights to Nerlens Noel and a top-5 protected, first-round pick in 2014.

Currently 11th in the Western Conference at 15-19 and already without stretch-4 Ryan Anderson (herniated disc), New Orleans would find itself in the draft lottery if the season ended today.

The Sixers, meanwhile, own the fifth-worst record in the NBA.

Assessing Holiday's injury on Twitter, Grantland's Zach Lowe wrote: "Only 'winner' here is Philly, to whom N.O. owes a top-five protected first-rounder. [With] Anderson/Jrue out, that pick could jump a few notches."

So long as it doesn't jump into the top five, that works out for the Sixers.