Celtics Eager To Sign Jrue Holiday To Extension

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The Boston Celtics are eager to sign Jrue Holiday to an extension, according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Celtics acquired Holiday from the Portland Trail Blazers.

Holiday played in 67 games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.4 assists while shooting 47.9% from the field, 38.4% from beyond the arc and 85.9% from the free-throw line. The NBA champion signed a four-year, $135 million extension with Milwaukee in April 2021.

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A California native, Holiday has career averages of 16.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists with the Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans and Bucks. He has made five All-Defensive teams and two All-Star teams.

Holiday, who helped the Bucks win the 2021 championship over the Phoenix Suns, will make $34.9 million next season. He has a player option worth $37.4 million for the 2024-25 season.

The Celtics were one of the teams Holiday was open to playing for. The star point guard wasn’t going to stay with the Blazers, who are in rebuild mode in the post-Damian Lillard era.

The Celtics are expected to start Holiday, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis in 2023-24. Boston lost to the Miami Heat in the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals in seven games. The franchise traded Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies and Grant Williams to the Dallas Mavericks and acquired Porzingis from the Washington Wizards this offseason.

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It will be interesting to see if the Celtics can win the title this upcoming season after acquiring Holiday. Boston made the Finals in 2022 but lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games despite having a 2-1 lead in the series.

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