Celtics Sign Guard Jrue Holiday to 4-Year, $135 Million Extension

Jrue Holiday at the ESPYS in July 2023
Jrue Holiday at the ESPYS in July 2023. Photo by CraSH/imageSPACE/Shutterstock (14006530ar)

The Boston Celtics have reportedly locked their guard Jrue Holiday to a new contract. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Holiday signed a four-year, $135 million extension with the franchise.

Holiday was in the final year of his contract and had a player option for 2024-25 that was worth $37.3 million. He is currently averaging 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists while shooting a career-high 43.1% from behind the arc.

By signing Holiday on a new deal early on, the Celtics got a discount and avoided getting into a bidding war to keep him in the summer. The player, on the other hand, took less money than he would likely command on the open market in exchange for long-term security.

Holiday joined the Celtics in an offseason blockbuster trade from the Portland Trail Blazers, where he spent just several days after being involved in a trade that sent superstar Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks. He has made a big impact in Boston, especially on the defensive end, and is part of the reason why the Celtics have the best record in the NBA this season.

Holiday, who was a first-round pick in 2019, previously also played with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans. He has two All-Star nods and five-time NBA All-Defensive selections while winning the NBA title with the Bucks in 2021.