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.
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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