Tony Dutt, the agent for Jrue Holiday, was in Philadelphia on Monday night to touch base with the 76ers about a possible contract extension for his client, according to John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer. TNT's David Aldridge had reported yesterday that Dutt was expected to meet with the Sixers about Holiday this week.
While cautioning that he doesn't have a firm idea of how the negotiations between the two sides will progress, Mitchell says he isn't expecting Holiday and the Sixers to reach an agreement by Halloween. According to Mitchell, most of the people he's talked to around the league believe that the point guard will play out the season and become a restricted free agent next summer.
Holiday, who has said he wants to be a "max contract" kind of player, is eligible for a contract of up to five years with Philadelphia, whereas he could earn no more than four years from another team in free agency. As such, it's likely the Sixers eventually retain Holiday, whether that means working out an extension this month, working out a new deal next July, or matching a rival team's offer sheet.
When I examined Holiday as an extension candidate earlier in the offseason, I suggested that a four-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $10MM annually could interest both sides.