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Jrue Holiday signs 4-year extension with Celtics

The veteran point guard has played a key role as the Celtics ran away with the NBA's best record this season.

Jrue Holiday joined the Celtics via trade with the Trail Blazers following their swap that sent Damian Lillard to Milwaukee.

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens called it a no-brainer to pursue Jrue Holiday when the five-time all-defensive selection was traded from Milwaukee to Portland as part of the deal that sent Damian Lillard to the Bucks.

After a breakout season in which Holiday has helped fortify the core of a Boston team that ran away with the NBA’s best regular-season record, Stevens isn’t letting Holiday go anywhere.

Holiday agreed to terms on a four-year, $135 million contract extension with the Celtics, his agent Jason Glushon confirmed Wednesday. ESPN first reported the new pact, which the team announced Thursday. Holiday is declining his $37.5 million player option for next season as part of the deal.

The extension will keep him under contract through the 2027-28 season.

“In addition to being one of the more accomplished players in the league, Jrue is an elite teammate and competitor,” Stevens said in a statement.

“He combines an unselfishness to do whatever is best for the team with an edge to take on any challenge at any time. We are grateful that Jrue is a Celtic.”

The 33-year-old Holiday has stepped into the void created this offseason when the Celtics parted with defensive stalwart Marcus Smart as part of the three-team trade that netted them Kristaps Porzingis.

A two-time All-Star, Holiday has seen his scoring average drop to 12.5 points per game, his lowest output since his third season in the league in 2011-12. He’s shooting a career-best 43.1% from 3-point range and averaging a career-best 5.4 rebounds.

At 62-17, the Celtics have already locked up the NBA’s top seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.