Jrue Holiday
Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is set to enter unrestricted free agency this summer. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

The Dallas Mavericks have emerged as serious contenders to sign brothers Jrue and Justin Holiday, according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer.

Both players are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Dallas has been in the market for a point guard since the beginning of the new year. They have two separate immediate ways of creating cap space, both of which involve team options for the 2017-18 season — one for Dirk Nowitzki, and the other for Devin Harris.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and GM Donnie Nelson could decline the option on Nowitzki, then potentially re-negotiate a new team-friendly contract in the opening week of free agency to create more cap space. Whether they would choose to keep Devin Harris, assuming they begin exploring ways to create space, is unknown at this time.

Both the Pelicans and Knicks have interest in signing Jrue and Justin, who likely have interest in playing with one another — something that hasn’t happened in their professional careers up until this point.

Regardless of the Mavs’ chances at obtaining Holiday or another free agent point guard this summer, the franchise’s primary focus in free agency remains bringing back restricted free agent Nerlens Noel.

Jrue Holiday, in 67 appearances with the Pelicans this season, averaged 15.4 points and 7.3 assists while shooting a career-best 45 percent from the field.

Coming off a career-year with the Knicks, Justin Holiday averaged 7.7 points on 43 percent shooting, playing in all 82 games.


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