Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday gets $100,000 bonus for All-Defensive team selection
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday is set to receive $100,000 in bonus earnings for being selected as a member of the 2018-19 All-Defensive Second Team, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
The Pelicans, who finished the 2018-19 regular season campaign with an overall record of 33-49, were expecting Holiday to earn this title. According to Marks, New Orleans will not incur any additional cap hits on his salary.
All in all, Holiday earned $1.1 million in incentives for his high level of play this season:
For being named All-Defensive Second Team, Jrue Holiday has earned a $100K bonus. The bonus was considered likely and the cap hit for the New Orleans guard in 2019-20 will remain at $26.2M. For the season, Holiday earned $1.1M in incentives.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) May 22, 2019
The 28-year-old Holiday made 67 appearances this season (all starts), racking up averages of 21.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the field (32.5 percent from beyond the arc), 7.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and just under one block (0.8) in 35.9 minutes per outing.
Holiday suffered an abdominal strain in March. After undergoing successful surgery, the Pelicans decided to rule him out for the remainder of the season. He was given a six week timetable for recovery, so he should be good to go for training camp.
There are many experts who believe Anthony Davis’ days with the Pelicans are numbered. If Davis is indeed traded, Holiday says he’ll be ready to take the reigns:
“I’m going to go with it,” Holiday told The Journal Times. “I’m excited to run with it. I guess I’d like to be more involved with decisions and decision-making moving forward. I’d like some sit-down conversations with [the front office].”
With Zion Williamson set to come aboard as the No. 1 pick, Jrue Holiday will likely play a pivotal role in the team’s overall success if he’s not traded himself.