Jrue Holiday added over $200,000 to his bank account with 8 seconds of work and a single fault
In 2022, it’s not really groundbreaking to say that NBA players are earning huge amounts of money. On Sunday, April 10, however, Milwaukee Bucks goaltender Jrue Holiday took things to the next level in terms of gains per second.
While the Eastern Conference club have rested most of their important players, the veteran has kept his place in the starting lineup. He didn’t have to do much work though. After eight seconds of action and an intentional foul, he left the field with more than $200,000 in his metaphorical pocket.
Jrue Holiday hit his final contract incentive on Sunday
Beyond gross pay, many NBA contracts have built-in incentives, rewarding players for accomplishing certain feats. On Sunday, Holiday was the beneficiary of one of them.
When the Milwaukee game started, the veteran guard was the only regular starter left in the rotation. His appearance, however, was limited to eight seconds. Shortly after the start of the game, he intentionally fouls to blow the whistle and then heads for the bench. There, his teammates met him with applause and high-fives.
From a distance, this may seem like a bizarre sequence. Why even start if you’re only going to play eight seconds? The reason, unsurprisingly, comes down to dollars and cents.
Although there is some uncertainty as to the exact financial benefits, we know that Holiday reaped the rewards early on Sunday. Rob Perez suggested he earned around $225,000 for reaching his games played threshold; Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press tweeted that the guard won a $255,000 bounty. The most profitable report comes from ESPN’s Bobby Markswho said the Milwaukee man had a $306,000 incentive for appearing in 67 games and averaging more than 3.15 rebounds per game.
Either way, Holiday achieved those goals and left the floor with a nice payday.
What is Jrue Holiday’s Salary and Net Worth?
While Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer deserves a tip to start the vacation — we’ll talk more about that shortly — his guard wasn’t exactly suffering money. Even without the added bonus, the former UCLA Bruin is in good shape financially.
According to Spotrac, Holiday is currently playing a four-year contract worth less than $135 million. When that deal expires, he will have earned nearly $299 million during his time with the Association. And, barring unforeseen circumstances, it’s safe to assume he’ll have at least one more case in his stride.
Unsurprisingly, this earning power is a good reflection of the guard’s overall fortune. CelebrityNetWorth estimates Holiday is worth around $30 million. While that number isn’t 100% accurate, his finances still appear to be in good shape.
Not all coaches would have set up a player to clear an incentive
While we can only to know Mike Budenholzer so far, the common narrative is that the Bucks head coach is a detail-oriented guy. From Sunday’s starting line-up, it’s also clear that he cares about his players.
Letting Holiday cross her bonus threshold might seem like a no-brainer — even the biggest sum of $306,000 is insignificant for a professional sports franchise — it’s not a given. Rob Gronkowski, for example, seemed to confirm that Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots aren’t giving players free rein to their incentives.
“Yeah, I’ve seen it before,” Gronk told Jimmy Kimmel when asked if players knew they were close to their prompts and asked for help to reach them. “Not with the Patriots, though. They’ll probably shoot you before you hit that bonus there.
Again, an incentive may seem insignificant in the context of a larger contract. If you’re already a multi-millionaire, how much does an extra paycheck really matter? On a human level, however, it’s easy to see how helping – or refusing to help – sends a message to players. For someone like Jrue Holiday, staying in the starting lineup is a further show of investment. you’re not just a cog in a machine, you’re someone who does good work for me, and I want to help you.
In a 2019 Athletic article about Budenholzer and his work in the movie theatre, Eric Nehm concluded with the following paragraph:
Budenholzer demands perfection from his players, but he also knows how to work with them when things don’t go well. Put it all together: he trusts his players and his players trust him, which should make for a deep and interesting playoff series.
Eric Nehm, Athletics
While incentives were beyond the scope of the article, there is a short jump between trusting each other and throwing your guys a bone when they need it. Does Bud helping Holiday mean the Bucks will win a championship? It would be naive to suggest that. Sunday’s events, however, are part of building a positive team culture, which shouldn’t be overlooked in the larger context.
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