Tuesday, May 17, 2022

How Jrue Holiday earned $306,000 for eight seconds of work in Bucks’ regular-season finale

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The 2021-22 NBA regular season wrapped up Sunday and a good amount of the league’s star power sat out games with the playoff picture mostly set. The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, but veteran guard Jrue Holiday still took the court against the Cleveland Cavaliers — even if it was for a very brief amount of time.

Holiday played in just eight seconds of Sunday’s matchup in order to earn a $306,000 roster bonus for playing in his 67th game of the season. The Bucks guard was able to take the floor in order to secure the easy payday.

The Cavaliers secured the opening tip and star guard Darius Garland ended up with the ball. However, Holiday fouled Garland at half court, just eight seconds in then was taken out of the game by head coach Mike Budenholzer in favor of rookie guard Lindell Wigginton.

With the payday secured, Holiday spent the rest of the game on the bench.

The defending champion Bucks had the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference locked up depending on Sunday’s outcomes. However, Milwaukee ended up earning the No. 3 seed and will now face the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs.

Holiday clearly didn’t need to play, but Budenholzer was obviously aware of Holiday’s roster bonus situation. It’s definitely not a bad payday for a minimal amount of work.

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