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Report: Sixers talking contract extension with Jrue Holiday

Oct 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6 Reuters

Philadelphia knows who it wants to be its core guys going forward — Andrew Bynum in the paint, Evan Turner on the wing, and Jrue Holiday at the point.

Of course, that means keeping some guys under contract, like Andrew Bynum getting a new deal after this season. And then there is Jrue Holliday who is up for a contract extension.

The Sixers have started to talk to him about it, reports CSNPhilly.com. As we reported over the weekend, ESPN’s Marc Stein says a deal is more likely than not.

The two sides have until Oct. 31 to reach a deal. If not, the Sixers will extend a qualifying offer that Holiday will not sign, and he will then be a restricted free agent next summer — other teams can make offers but Philly can match.

And that may be the way Sixers management wants it, to let the market decide his worth. Or, maybe they work out a deal in the next couple of weeks and just move on. They are at least talking.

  1. illcomm - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Why. jrue is alright, but lets see who is available after the season.

    • b7p19 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Disagree. He’s going to flourish with Bynum in the middle. He has improved his shooting every year, and will get a bunch of cheap assists by lobbing the ball near the rim. Lock him up now because if he breaks out this year it will get even more expensive.

    • sasquash20 - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Kid just turned 22 in June. Lock him up he is your best player. He is only going to get better.

  2. phillyrox - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Kurt, anybody really, why sign Jrue now? With him and Bynum coming of the books this off season they will have enough cap space to sign a major free agent. Then after they get player x they can go over the cap and resign ‘Drew and Jrue.

    • sasquash20 - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      I don’t know all the rules with the contracts and such so I can’t say I wouldn’t do what your saying. I would be a little worried you lose either Bynum or JH. Players today tend to be bitches.

  3. raycharlesj - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Better lock him up, teams are going to start doing what Houston did with Jeremy lin, and put the poison pill in their offers to steal players away.

  4. jwph79 - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Ths is an asolute no-brainer, a 6-4 pg able to defend multiple positions while possessing an above average jumper. He is perfect for this team becuse of his ability to control the tempo the etire game.

  5. mojosmagic - Oct 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Jrue is only going to get better. All he needs is a little more ego in his game.

  6. svpintel - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    We should definitely wait, jrue regressed last year even though he played the most minutes and had the most plays drawn for him. He has never been a point guard prior to coming into the league, and that’s because he is a liability on defense if he were to challenge for the 2 guard spot. He is Collins favorite and it seems as though coach will do anything to protect him. He is Not even the best point guard on our team. The reason Collins has had Evan Turner in his supposed dog house for two years is only in an effort to protect the Truth from coming out! Evan Turner had the best year statistically of any college athlete since wilt Chamberlain. In addition he won all of the POY awards available coming out of Ohio state playing the point guard spot. Evan has been made to play out of position and regarded poorly merely because Collins will do anything to protect Jrue. Why do you think we had to have a point guard by committee last year! If jrue were a true point guard the point guard duties would not have to have been shared by Lou Williams Evan and Iggy! We cannot pay a point guard max or near max money when he is not even the best point guard on the team. Check to tape the best point guard performances last year were not performed by jrue holiday they were performed by Evan Turner. Doug, is holding evan Turner back, playing him with minutes that prevent him from finding a rythm and when he does find a rythm he pulls him remarking so mistake he supposedly made! He is creating excuses as to why he can’t have him on the floor! ET averaged 22/12/7 during that stretch that he had the ball at pg. Evan turner had the best rebounding year of any guard in the history of the NBA, and that while he was being held back by Collins and playing behind Jodie Meeks. Really! Go figure? Collins has everyone believing a myth that jrue holiday could be 1 of the best point guard in NBA, he’s not a point guard! As long as you’re following Collins you will be misled check the tape the stats, youtube or something! Evan will surly leave and record history with some other team! He will blow up!

    • philadelphiafan - Oct 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      I have to disagree. Holiday actually played PG his freshman year at UCLA. Sophomore he moved over to SG where he saw his production dip. I think they can both create their own shots, but Holiday is a much better jump shooter. Trading Iggy gives Holiday and Turner both more chances to run the offense. I wouldn’t look too much into who is the team’s starting PG. Both will be starting and both can handle the ball when their number is called. There’s no way you can let Holiday sign with another team. IMO he is the best player on the team (minus maybe Bynum). I also like what I’m seeing in Maalik Wayns in preseason thus far. He plays hard and is a quality jump shooter and playmaker.

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