Celtics guard Jrue Holiday isn’t but eligible to signal a contract extension, however he’ll achieve that eligibility earlier than the top of the common season, and he tells Brian Robb of MassLive.com that he hopes to get a deal finished that may maintain him in Boston going ahead.
“I’d prefer to be right here,” Vacation mentioned. “I really feel like I’m getting an increasing number of comfy, loving the fellows, loving the group and loving the town.”
Vacation will develop into extension-eligible in roughly 4 weeks, however at the moment he’ll solely be capable of signal a one- or two-year extension and received’t be capable of obtain a elevate exceeding 5%. If he’s eyeing a longer-term contract — and/or an even bigger elevate — he’ll have to attend till April 1, which represents the six-month mark following his commerce to the Celtics.
If he doesn’t attain an extension settlement with the Celtics, Vacation must decide this spring on a participant possibility for 2024-25 value roughly $39.4M (that possibility must be declined as a part of an in-season extension). The expectation, league sources inform Robb, is that the 33-year-old would flip down the choice within the hopes of securing a longer-term deal, even when he has to take a pay reduce within the first 12 months of that new contract.
Nonetheless, Vacation is optimistic that he and the Celtics will be capable of have productive extension discussions in April as they gear up for what they hope might be a deep postseason run.
“My final extension was through the course of the 12 months,” mentioned Vacation, who final signed an extension with the Bucks in April of 2021 (that season led to mid-Might). “I believe that we are able to do each, speak about it and in addition to put together for video games and put together for what the longer term is.”
Given how properly Vacation has slot in Boston this season, it appears protected to imagine the Celtics might be keen to debate a possible extension. Nonetheless, as Robb factors out, it might be tough to find out Vacation’s worth as he enters his mid-30s, particularly since his sport has modified this season. His 17.2% utilization price as a part of a loaded Celtics lineup is a profession low and his 13.3 factors per sport are properly beneath his profession price, however his 6.2 rebounds per sport and 42.5% three-point proportion are profession bests.
Vacation is among the Celtics’ six most essential gamers, and the opposite 5 — Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick White and Al Horford — are already beneath contract for 2024-25 at a projected mixed price of roughly $143M. A brand new deal for Vacation figures to push Boston’s workforce wage properly above the luxury-tax line, however primarily based on how properly the 35-10 C’s have performed thus far this season, possession will presumably be ready to pay as much as maintain this group intact.
“I believe everyone sort of is aware of we’re set and we’re set for a protracted interval,” Vacation mentioned to Robb. “It doesn’t matter what occurs, you’ll come again right here with the identical guys for essentially the most half. Issues occur however I believe you lock into that, with the ability to have that comfortability and simply sort of that stress off of you about what’s subsequent.”