The Philadelphia 76ers like the idea of a core built around Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum.
Now comes the time the have to start to pay to keep that core together.
It starts with Holiday, who at the last minute before the Wednesday night deadline reached terms for then signed a four-year, $41 million extension that includes $5 million in incentives, reports CSNPhilly.com’s John Finger.
To give some perspective, that is less of an extension than Ty Lawson got ($48 million) but more than Taj Gibson ($38 million) or DeMar DeRozan (a head-scratching $40 million).
Holiday gave the Sixers 13.5 points and 4.5 assists per game last season and looked even better in helping lead Philly to a 84-75 win over Denver Wednesday when he had 14 points and 11 assists. They need a steady outside presence to go with Bynum and Thaddeus Young down low, and now they have Holiday.
This summer they will have to pay up to keep Bynum, who becomes a free agent (but is likely to stay in Philly unless this season goes very wrong) and they will be able to offer an extension to Evan Turner this summer and next fall as well. Both of those will not come cheaply either.
Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.
As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:
Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.
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Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.
An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.
Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.
But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.
The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.
Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.
The slow-motion replays are absolutely brutal.