Jrue Holiday says it was an easy decision to sign a contract extension in his first season with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Holiday pretty much knew he wanted to stay in Milwaukee for years to come once he spoke to team officials shortly after they paid a steep price to acquire him. General manager Jon Horst made it apparent how much the Bucks valued the veteran guard.
"I feel like you can tell when somebody's like super excited or happy about something, and you could hear it in his voice," Holiday said Monday, one day after agreeing to terms on a four-year extension that would be worth at least $134 million if he exercises his option for the final season. "At that point, I'm like, 'Man, he really wanted me to be here.'
"I'm really not the type to be wooed and all that. I don't need to be courted or whatever, but it felt good to be appreciated. It felt good to be wanted."
Under the terms of his new deal, Holiday receives base salaries of $30.1 million next season, $32.4 million in 2022-23 and $34.7 million in 2023-24. He also holds a $37 million option for 2024-25.