While the Milwaukee Bucks had been cruising on Giannis’ 30-point scoring sprees, Jrue Holiday was doing his part ever since he arrived at the team in November. And now, the guard is finally marking his worth, having signed a 4-year, $160 million contract extension as latest reports reveal.
The claim about Jrue Holiday’s contract extension was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, revealing that the confirmation came from Holiday’s agent Jason Glushon.
I’m a Buck for life: Jrue Holiday speaks his mind following staggering contract extension
The new contract extension came just a day after Jrue Holiday scored a season highest 33 points on 14-of-23 shooting, added with 7 rebounds and 11 assists in Bucks’ narrow 129-128 victory over the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on 3rd April.
In the absence of Giannis in recent times, who missed the Kings clash due to soreness on his left knee as well, Holiday has been contributing behind Mike Budenholzer’s side cruising to the third place in the Eastern Conference with 16 victories and just 4 losses since 19th February.
“I’m a Buck for life. Just know that I’m glad to be a part of Bucks Nation,” Holiday spoke following the completion of his deal, “let’s do some big things, man. I’m really excited.”
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Looking at Holiday’ the 30-year-old has averaged 20 points per game in the previous month, upping his current season average to 17.0 points, along with clocking 5.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.
A 2009 first round pick out of UCLA, Jrue Holiday made his NBA debut with the Philadelphia 76ers, before switching to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013 which was his home for seven years.
In 2020, Bucks had a massive bargain on landing Holiday as part of a four team trade which also included the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. In acquiring the experienced center, Bucks had to send George Hill, Eric Bledsoe, the draft rights to 2020 first round pick R.J. Hampton, two first-round draft picks, and two pick swaps to the other teams involved in the trade. However as things turned out, it seems to be all worth it.
“Jrue is one of the top guards in the NBA and we are thrilled to sign him to this extension,” Bucks General Manager Jon Horst asserted, “adding him to our team has made us better on both ends of the floor.“
“He’s an elite defender and an impactful offensive player with the ability to score, shoot and facilitate,” added Horst.