Updating Jrue Holiday's Contract Situation

Updating Jrue Holiday's Contract Situation

With Jrue Holiday set to become a restricted free agent at season's end, the 76ers have been quietly at work trying to hammer out an extension with their point guard before the window to negotiate closes in six days. But as the deadline nears, reports are Holiday's camp has already turned down a significant offer from the club, and is apparently under the impression he could do better on the market.

According to Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler, who looked at various members of the NBA's 2009 Draft Class in similar situations, the $9 million per year the Sixers offered is "miles apart" from what Holiday believes he's worth. Given the availability of quality guards, or lack thereof, he could be right. Kyler explains:

Holiday and the 76ers have had numerous conversations about an extension; the problem is they are miles apart on a value. Sources close to the process say Holiday has been offered a deal in the $9 million per year rang and his camp has turned that away. The belief is that with so few impact guards available in free agency and the way money was thrown around this summer that if Jrue can make the big jump the 76ers expect he can get his free agent value significantly higher than $9 million per season. The 76ers will issue a Qualifying Offer in July if they cannot reach a deal this week, so they’ll have the chance to match anything Jrue is offered, so unless the 76ers radically increase their offer, Jrue is headed through free agency and the 76ers might have to risk a guard starved team throwing a killer offer his way and being forced to match.

This would seem to fall in line with previous reports as far back as July indicating Holiday is looking for the "max contract extension" from the organization. While he won't get that in Philadelphia, clearly Holiday and his agent are banking on somebody being willing to pay top dollar for the 22 year old's services, even if the Sixers are not there yet.

Of course, as Kyler points out, the Sixers would have the opportunity to match any offer that comes in next summer, so it's perfectly logical to take a wait-and-see approach before showering Holiday with big bucks. While he's shown flashes, Holiday is also "miles apart" from the ranks of the elite point guards in the NBA at this point. Should he take another step forward this year, you could see the front office wanting to reward him with a huge contract.

There are a lot more variables down that route, too, such as another organization overpaying -- what Holiday is hoping for -- but given the timing, it seems to make sense for the Sixers to keep their options open right now rather than jump into a huge commitment.

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.