NBA rumors: Jrue Holiday, Bucks agree to max extension

Guard Jrue Holiday and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a four-year maximum contract extension worth up to $160 million, his agent, Jason Glushon of Glushon Sports Management, told The Athletic. Since his trade to the Bucks in November, Holiday familiarized himself with the roster, coaching staff and front office in Milwaukee and wanted to commit toward years of competing for championships. The 30-year-old is third on the Bucks with 17 points and 5.4 assists per game and is second in the NBA with 1.8 steals per game.

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Now, entering the final year of his contract, the executives polled agree that Holiday has all the leverage going into any extension negotiations this season and heading into the offseason if he becomes a free agent. “Jrue will get a max extension now,” as one of the Eastern Conference executives told HoopsHype. “Other teams could also be more aggressive going after Harden now.”
According to Windhorst, when the Pelicans were discussing trades for Jrue Holiday, gauging Holiday’s interest in a longer-team stay with potential trade partners was part of that process. While nothing has been agreed to yet, Windhorst gets the sense that Holiday is open to an extension (or eventually re-signing in free agency) with the Bucks.
Bobby Marks: Jrue Holiday has two years left- $25.9M and $26.8M. The second year is a player option. If the trade occurs on Tuesday, Holiday would be eligible to sign a four-year $135M (starting in 2021-22) extension on Feb. 13.
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Tyronn Lue: 'I'm big on pressure'

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Throughout the Clippers’ playoff series against Dallas and Utah, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, Jazz coach Quin Snyder and Clippers players all praised Lue for his in-game adjustments while convincing players to accept the changes. ““I try to think two or three steps ahead. I think my coaching staff does a great job of that,” Lue said. “We want to make sure when they make adjustments, we already know the adjustments they’re going to make and have a counter for it. So just try to prepare for it before they do it, understand what they’re trying to do and anticipate what their adjustments might be.”
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