Pelicans' Holiday plans return to club next week

The Heartfelt Story of Pelicans' Jrue Holiday Returning After Helping Wife Recover From Brain Tumor Surgery      Here are the details

Holiday has not played so far this season.

That same month in September, before her surgery, Lauren and Jrue welcomed their daughter, Jrue Tyler Holiday, into this world, as confirmed by the National Basketball Association guard's agent, Jason Glushon, to The Times Picayune.

Wojnarowski reports that Holiday could practice with the team on Tuesday and then make his season debut, "no later" than November 18 when the Pelicans take on the Portland Trail Blazers.

Holiday has been with his wife-former United States women's national team soccer player Lauren Holiday-while she recovers from successful surgery to remove a benign tumor from her brain, which she underwent in October, per John Reid of the Times-Picayune. But I'm sure everyone is just happy that the Holiday family is healthy and secure enough for Jrue to return.

The Pelicans have reiterated throughout Holiday's absence that there has been no pressure put on him to rush back. But the quicker he can get back into game shape and contributing, the better it is for the Pelicans.

The 26-year-old Holiday is coming off a strong 2015-16 campaign in which he averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

The Pelicans, who host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night, have lost eight of their first nine regular-season games.

But while Holiday's play should be a big help on the court, it's his off-the-court assist to his wife that makes his return extra special.

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