There is a growing expectation that the New Orleans Pelicans will quickly sign Jrue Holiday to a five-year deal soon after the start of free agency.

New Orleans lacks the cap space to replace Holiday as they enter a pivotal season with DeMarcus Cousins a year out from free agency.

Holiday is said to have a strong bond with the Pelicans' organization with how they supported him when his wife underwent brain surgery to remove a benign tumor.

The Pelicans traded for Holiday in 2013 from the Philadelphia 76ers.