Philadelphia 76ers Rumors: Is Jrue Holiday Really Worth a Max Contract?

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IJuly 11, 2012

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With all of the drama regarding the Dwight Howard trade saga and other free-agent rumors, Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday reportedly came out and said he wants a max contract.

It was reported by Marc J Spears of Yahoo! Sports via Twitter:

 

Sixers guard Jrue Holiday added to USA select team roster. Holiday also is seeking a max contract extension from Sixers, source tells Yahoo!

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 2, 2012

 

Jrue, I love you buddy. But a max contract? Don't you think you're jumping the gun just a bit?

Holiday, who is just 22 years old, has been with the Sixers for three years now and is supposed to be the point guard of the future. Many fans expected him to make big strides this season, but that expectation was not fulfilled (like all Philly fans' expectations...). 

Last season he averaged just 13.5 points and 4.5 assists per game. Like I said, I love the player, but that production does not equate to a max contract.

In Holiday's defense, the system is working against him. When you have teammates who also have the ability to spread the ball around like Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala, you won't have as many assists as you would if you were the sole distributor.

Nonetheless, the Sixers have other problems to address like bringing in a legitimate center, filling in the hole at power forward and finding their No. 1 guy.

With these issues still at hand, there is no way Holiday will receive a max contract, as it could very easily put the Sixers in restraints when trying to find other assets to build around.

Considering this news has cooled down, this could just be Holiday toying with his demand because he will become a restricted free agent after this season. Let's just hope this isn't a silent attempt at testing the market.

However, regardless of his demands, Holiday is a key piece to the Sixers' future, so they must re-sign him (just not at a max offer).

He has shown flashes of what it takes to be a true point guard in this league. Despite critics saying he is not a natural point guard, he proved that he is capable of orchestrating the offense.

I really hope that Holiday eventually plays up to the level of a max contract; until then, he should focus on setting his sights a little lower.