Point guards early winners in free agency
Published 7:48 am Monday, July 3, 2017
Point guards cashed in early in NBA’s free agency period.
Stephen Curry got $201 million from Golden State, Jrue Holiday got $126 million from New Orleans, Jeff Teague $57 million from Minnesota, Patty Mills $50 million from San Antonio and Shaun Livingston $24 million from the Warriors on Saturday.
Add that up, and that’s nearly a half-billion dollars in commitments to those five point guards alone.
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And that doesn’t take into account the $168 million, four-year extension offer John Wall is considering from Washington.
Nor does that factor in the maneuvering Houston pulled off earlier this week, swinging six trades to land All-Star Chris Paul in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. Or Ricky Rubio’s trade from Minnesota to Utah on Friday.
In other moves, Jrue Holiday agreed to terms on a new five-year, $126 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, who kept the point guard they wanted to initiate offense for All-Star big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
Holiday averaged 15.4 points in 67 games with the Pelicans last season. In eight NBA seasons in Philadelphia and New Orleans, Holiday has averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 assists.