Milwaukee Bucks: Weighing the ripple effects of Jrue Holiday’s extension

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After becoming extension eligible with the Milwaukee Bucks in late February, Jrue Holiday assured everyone on Sunday that he plans on staying put.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania was the first to report the news that Holiday had signed a massive four-year extension with Milwaukee worth up to $160 million. Charania later noted that Holiday’s deal would include a player option for the fourth season.

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It was certainly a tension-filled past few months for everyone involving this entire situation. The Bucks went all-in this offseason to acquire the guard from the New Orleans Pelicans, shipping away Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three future first round draft picks, and the right to swap picks in two drafts in the four-team deal.

They pushed their chips in knowing that Holiday could potentially leave in free agency after the season if he were to decline his player option. Considering the massive haul that they shipped out to get him, losing Holiday after one season would have been a devastating blow for the Bucks. Thankfully, that reality will no longer have the chance to come to fruition.

Jrue dropped hints along the way that he was leaning towards staying with the Bucks for the long-term future, but everyone was justifiably on edge until he finally put pen to paper. The former All-Star has been fantastic for Milwaukee this season by averaging 17 points on .509/.390/.816 shooting splits, 4.6 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.

With his future in Milwaukee now situated, here is the impact of Holiday’s extension in both the short term and the long term.