NBA Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers, Jrue Holiday To Reunite?
Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons will be playing some minutes at the point guard spot next season. Despite his physical gifts and point forward mentality, the 20-year-old phenom still has a lot to learn in the NBA level.Advertisement
To get the most out of Simmons’ off-the-charts abilities, 76ers head coach Brett Brown needs stability and firepower in the back court. After signing Jerryd Bayless to a three-year, $27 million deal this offseason, the 76ers could land another quality playmaker next year.
Sports Business Daily reported that New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday has signed with a new agent, Jason Glushon, in the hopes of landing a lucrative paycheck in the summer of 2017. Glushon also handles Justin Holiday, Xavier Henry and Al Horford. It can be remembered that the former Atlanta Hawks big man inked a four-year, $113 million deal with the Boston Celtics in July.
Holiday is not worth that same amount of money, but he is destined for a significant raise. The 76ers’ payroll mostly features rookie-scale contracts. The team will have no problem offering Holiday a max contract next summer.
Holiday’s free agency stock is on the rise following an impressive 2015-16 campaign with the Pelicans. The 6-foot-4 dynamo came back strong after missing 90 games the previous two years due to a stress fracture in his right tibia.
Last season, Holiday averaged 16.8 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds in 28 minutes of play. He shot 43.9 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from behind the three-point line, as per Basketball Reference. His stats ranked him No. 13 among point guards in Real Plus-Minus numbers.
Philadelphia will be a sentimental choice for Holiday. It was the 76ers who selected him with the seventeenth pick in the 2009 Rookie Draft. Holiday’s lone NBA All-Star Game selection was when he was a member of the 76ers in 2013.
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