The deadline for players who were selected in the 2009 NBA Draft to re-sign with their current teams before becoming free agents during the 2013 off-season has now come and gone and with Wednesday’s deadline passing there were three additional players who inked deals with their current teams to keep them around for possibly four additional seasons.
The Philadelphia 76ers reached a four-year, $41 million deal with their talented point guard Jrue Holiday and with incentives that deal could reach up to $46 million over the life of the contract. Holiday is currently averaging 11.9 points, five assists and 1.4 steals per game throughout his career and those numbers should only grow with him gaining experience over the past few seasons and with the emergence of his teammates around him.
The Toronto Raptors and swingman DeMar Derozan have reached a four-year, $40 million deal which could also reach up to $46 million if he were to reach all of the incentive clauses within the contract. Through Derozan’s young career the super-athletic high-riser has averaged 14.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Derozan should be ready to take the next step in his career as now he has been in the league for a few seasons and can now combined skill with his already freakishly amazing leaping ability.
The Chicago Bulls and versatile forward Taj Gibson have agreed to a four-year, $34 million deal with incentives that could push the total of the contract to $39 million. Gibson has thrived off of the Chicago bench averaging 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game so far in his career. Gibson could be a starter elsewhere but he decided to stay put with the Bulls.
This now brings the total of top players from that now famous 2009 draft class to seven including the Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin who came to terms with his team back in July, the Houston Rockets new acquisition James Harden, the Denver Nuggets speedy point guard Ty Lawson and the Golden State Warriors top gun Stephen Curry who have reached contract agreements that will keep them with their teams for the foreseeable future.