Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said he knew how much he wanted in Milwaukee after he spoke with general manager Jon Horst for the first time. In the offseason, the Bucks paid a hefty price to acquire Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans.
On Sunday, the Bucks and Holiday agreed on a four-year extension, that could be worth up to at least $134 million if he exercises his option for the final season. "I feel like you can tell when somebody's like super excited or happy about something, and you could hear it in his voice," Holiday said on Monday, as quoted on ESPN.
"At that point, I'm like, 'Man, he really wanted me to be here.' "I'm really not the type to be wooed and all that. I don't need to be courted or whatever, but it felt good to be appreciated. It felt good to be wanted."
Holiday loves his teammates
Holiday is absolutely enjoying his first season in Milwaukee as he is happy with the teammates he has. Having good teammates played a part in Holiday deciding to sign an extension with the Bucks.
"Not just on the court, but off the court, how my teammates, how they are, just great people," Holiday said. "Made me feel like family. You want to be around them. You want to have that type of character around you and your family.
They made it an easy decision." Meanwhile, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer suggested that Holiday was worth paying up the hefty price to acquire him. "I don't think you can kind of appreciate the strength and physicality he brings to both ends of the court until you get to see it night in and night out," coach Mike Budenholzer said.
"What he does defensively, takes on different matchups, different-sized guys, you hear about it and everybody talks about it and everything, so you have this expectation, but once you're around it, it's even more impressive."
The Bucks are led by back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo but they haven't yet managed to win a title. "They built together for so long and they won together for so long that I feel like it kind of came to a point where they were just this well-oiled machine and knew each other and knew how things were going to go," Holiday said. "Yeah, I feel like that's what I want to be a part of."