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By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Jrue Holiday will play on the USA Select Team this summer, and will train against the USA Basketball team that will play in this summer’s Olympic games. For that honor, he will not be paid. However, there’s a report that says he would like to be paid a little more for his work with the Sixers.
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports the following:
Sixers guard Jrue Holiday added to USA select team roster. Holiday also is seeking a max contract extension from Sixers, source tells Yahoo!
Well there’s an off-season curveball we didn’t see coming. Jrue Holiday is going to be a good player, and after a letown during the regular season had a nice playoff run for the Sixers, but a max deal is … a max deal. That would be five years at about $12.9 million per year. Holiday will earn $2.6 million this year, and could be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Most consider Holiday one of the core building blocks of the future of the Sixers, but most would also say that a max deal for Holiday is quite a reach.
One of the problems the Sixers have had is giving big money to guys, who although are good players, aren’t quite as good as their contracts are large (see Elton Brand, Andre Igudala). It’s one thing to overpay someone to be a key, final piece to a championship team. It’s another to cripple future moves by overpaying players.
A quiet summer just became a little bit louder for our Sixers.