Bucks guard Jrue Holiday is very much open to the idea of signing a contract extension that would keep him in Milwaukee beyond his current deal, he tells Jim Owczarski of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“Would love to,” Holiday said. “Before I even won here, I think I said I’m a Buck for life and I mean that like deep in my heart. I don’t want to play for any other team. I think we have a chance to continue to do great things as the Bucks team and organization, so I want to be in Milwaukee.”
Holiday will earn a guaranteed base salary of nearly $35MM in 2023/24, with another $6MM+ available in incentives. He has a player option on his deal for the ’24/25 season, but could decline that option in order to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Holiday will become eligible to sign an extension on February 23, and there’s a belief among NBA observers that the way the Bucks handle that situation could have a ripple effect on Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s own future in Milwaukee. In order to keep both players, the Bucks will have to keep winning — Holiday says the team’s success in recent years has increased his confidence as a player.
“Being with the Bucks, having three of the best seasons I’ve had in my career, and not only that but having a winning record, being a top team or a top-three team, I don’t think I was ever on a top three-team until I came to the Bucks,” he told Owczarski. “Growing up in the ’90s and always hearing, ‘Yeah, you’re one of the greatest if you win,’ so I’m thinking like, yeah, I’m that dude – or one of them – because of how I won, because we have won, and also because we’re on a winning team. … I knew I was good, a good basketball player, but I didn’t really give myself that credit until I was on a team that won.”
Holiday is coming off another stellar year, having earned the second All-Star berth of his career – and the first in a decade – in 2022/23. He averaged 19.3 points, 7.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game in 67 appearances while claiming a spot on the All-Defensive First Team for a third time and winning his third Teammate of the Year award.
While Holiday would be eligible to receive a 40% raise (up to his maximum salary) on a new deal, the taxpaying Bucks will have to weigh how much they’re willing to offer the veteran guard, who will turn 34 next June and has generally been the third option on offense behind Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton since arriving in Milwaukee.