When it was announced ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks’ regular season finale against the Cleveland Cavaliers that the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Bobby Portis would not play in the game, there was much speculation as to why Jrue Holiday was not ruled out.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks provided some context on the Bucks’ call to not sideline Holiday for the contest, as the veteran guard needed to play in the game to trigger a key bonus in his contract. With 67 games played and a rebounds per game average higher than 3.15, Holiday would cash in on a $306,000 bonus.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer opted to gift Holiday the bonus. He elected to start Holiday against the Cavaliers and allowed him to commit a foul eight seconds into the contest in order to then remove him from the game for good.
Jrue Holiday started for the Bucks today so he could reach 67 games played and secure a $306,000 bonus 💰
Holiday played eight seconds before committing a foul and heading to the bench pic.twitter.com/131ivz1q6l
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 10, 2022
Last season, Holiday took home an extra $255,000 after playing in 59 total games in the regular season while averaging 4.5 rebounds per game. In the 2018-2019 campaign with the New Orleans Pelicans, he reached multiple incentives in his contract, including hauling in $255,000 for reaching 2,075 minutes played.
As was the case last season, Holiday will have more opportunities to earn other coveted incentives, including a possible $1.02 million if the Bucks win the 2022 NBA Finals.
Holiday sure can thank his agent for inserting multiple lucrative incentives in his contract.