After tonight’s Sixers game, many wondered if Jrue Holiday was going to get a contract extension done at the midnight deadline because if not he was going to be a free agent at the end of the season. Well, both sides got it done.
According to sources, first reported by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the two sides agreed to a four year, $41 million contract extension. The deal could be accelerated to $46 million due to incentives. Last season, Holiday averaged 13.5 points and 4.5 assists per game. Overall, in his career Holiday is averaging 11.9 points and 5.0 assists per game.
In tonight’s regular season opener, he had 14 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in 41 minutes of game action. Holiday, who was drafted in first round with the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft was not the only person from his class to sign an extension.
Other players from his draft class who signed extensions were Blake Griffin (LA Clippers), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), and Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets).
It’s nice to know that Jrue will be with the team for four more seasons. What this also signals to me as well is that, maybe Jrue Holiday rather than Evan Turner is the Sixers franchise player. All these questions will be answered this season and seasons down the road. But let us rejoice as the Sixers keep one of their own as they keep on progressing towards a NBA Championship someday.
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, a writer for Philly Sports Nut, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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