A few months ago, then-Milwaukee Bucks star Jrue Holiday probably never imagined that he would end up with the Boston Celtics. He likely realized that he could be on his way out the moment the Bucks were seriously linked to a move for Damian Lillard. Even so, landing in Boston was probably the farthest thing on his mind.
Former Milwaukee Bucks PG Jrue Holiday Envisioned Celtics Move
This is now the reality for Holiday, though, now that the Portland Trail Blazers decided to ship him off to Boston after his trade from Milwaukee. The two-time All-Star may have taken an unusual path on his way to Bean Town, but apparently, this is a move that Holiday envisioned:
“Being a part of this type of organization and group is something I wanted to be a part of,” Holiday said, via Gary Washburn of the Boston Herald.
Jrue probably had a good idea that he wasn’t staying in Portland for long. He just did not fit in their new timeline as the Blazers embrace a full rebuild in their post-Damian Lillard era. It sounds like Holiday was all-in on a move to Boston as soon as that prospect became a distinct possibility.
Jrue Holiday Looking to Extend Contract With Celtics
Holiday’s current contract ends in 2025, but he does have a player option for next season. This means that he could choose to walk away from the Celtics next summer as a free agent. As it turns out, however, the five-time All-Defense point guard does not intend to be a one-year rental for the Celtics.
“Jrue Holiday said the #Celtics have already communicated to him they’d like to discuss a contract extension and want this to be a long-term commitment,” Washburn wrote.
At 33, Holiday could be signing his last long-term contract in the NBA. The good news for him is that he still holds a lot of value at this point in his career. His player option for next season will see him pocket a whopping $39.4 million, but it will be very interesting to see if Holiday will be willing to take a (significant?) pay cut with the Celtics in favor of a longer deal — one that could potentially see him play out his career in Boston.
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