NBA’s Bucks sign Holiday to $135-million deal


Los Angeles—The NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jrue Holiday to a contract extension worth a reported $135 million over four years.

The Bucks said Sunday they had agreed to a multi-year extension with Holiday, the guard declining his player option for the 2021-22 season.

ESPN, citing Holiday’s agent, reported the financial terms of the max extension which includes bonuses that could make it worth $160 million.

Holiday arrived in Milwaukee from the New Orleans Pelicans in November as part of a four-team trade.

The two-time All-NBA Defensive Team honoree has appeared in 38 games and is averaging 17.0 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.82 steals in 31.7 minutes per game.

He missed seven games after testing positive for Covid-19 in February.

Since March 20, Holiday has averaged 23.3 points on 58.7% shooting, 7.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals in his last eight games.

The announcement comes a day after Holiday scored a season-high 33 points with 11 assists and seven rebounds in the Bucks’ 129-128 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward will miss at least four weeks with a sprained right foot, the NBA team said Saturday.

The injury means Hayward, who joined Charlotte as a free agent on a four-year, $120 million contract in November, won’t make the trip to Boston on Sunday to face his former team the Celtics.

Hayward, who was hurt in the second quarter of a 114-97 victory over the Pacers on Friday, will be re-evaluated in about four weeks, the Hornets said.

“The initial diagnosis was confirmed via a physician’s exam and studies (Saturday) in Indianapolis,” the team said in a statement.

“Further updates on his status will be provided as appropriate.”

Hayward is averaging 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 34.0 minutes per game over the course of 44 appearances (all starts) this season with the Hornets.

He is shooting 41.4% from the three-point line and set a career-high in scoring on January 6 with 44 points against the Atlanta Hawks.

It’s another injury blow for a Charlotte team that is already without star rookie LaMelo Ball, who is out indefinitely with a broken wrist as they try to maintain or improve upon their fourth place in the Eastern Conference. 

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