Bucks go on Holiday shopping spree for Giannis

The Bucks have put the East on notice with the signing of Jrue Holiday.

The Bucks have put the East on notice with the signing of Jrue Holiday.
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Never mind that the Milwaukee Bucks are trading away draft picks in a plea for Giannis Antetokounmpo to stay, they’re also applying pressure to the rest of the Eastern Conference.

A sleepless Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported three trades overnight, two of which were sizable acquisitions for the Bucks, landing former All-Star Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans, and noted sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Sacramento Kings. (Robert Covington was also traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Trevor Ariza and two first-round draft picks. Two!!)

Though the Bucks have stripped away most of their bench, it’s clear that after a season of doing away with ‘Big 3s’, select NBA clubs have returned their focus to three-star led units. This is amid Woj’s other report that James Harden’s eyes are solely on the Brooklyn Nets, so much so that he scoffed at becoming the first $50 million a year player in NBA history. And, of course, it’s also in light of Holiday joining Giannis and fellow All-Star Khris Middleton.

Furthermore, it just so happens that December 21 is the final day that Giannis can sign his super-max extension, which ESPN’s Bobby Marks says will range between $228 and $244 million.

But beyond that, it signals to the rest of the Eastern Conference what Jordan Belfort belted out in his famous Wolf of Wall Street speech: The. Bucks. Are. Not. Fucking. Leaving.

So this offseason, it’s your move Boston, Miami, Toronto, and Philadelphia. And yes, you, too, Brooklyn. Getting a lockdown defender in Holiday was, at least partially, Milwaukee telling Brooklyn that they could care less about 30-foot step-backs and quadruple crossovers. It isn’t like Giannis and Harden are best friends anyway, which, between them and Jimmy Butler, is the Eastern Conference theater we didn’t know we needed.

Looking around the conference, the Celtics and Heat were two of the teams also interested in Holiday’s services, whose contract entitles him to $25.4 million this season, with a player-option of $26.3 million next year — hopefully the first COVID free NBA campaign, too.

In losing the Holiday sweepstakes, every other conference contender will be scouring the NBA landscape to find a player that puts itself over the top. Fresh off an Eastern Conference championship loss, the Celtics still have a $34 million Gordon Hayward expiring contract to dangle, along with some young pieces and draft picks to pair with Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart — assuming none of them are moved.

The defending Eastern Conference champion Heat have been linked to a who’s who of possible All-Star or All-Star adjacent athletes, including LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal and Danillo Gallinari, according to Ethan Skolnick of 5 Reasons Sports in Miami. Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is another name that has circulated about the Heat, though dealing him may

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A List of New Hope and Bucks County Wedding Venues for Your Big Day

These vineyards, hotels and castles (and more!) have one-of-a-kind appeal.

Bucks County wedding venues

The Michener Art Museum is on our list of Bucks County wedding venues to know. Photo by Ashley Gerrity Photography; event design, styling and planning by Jenna Tracy Events

Only 25 miles from Philly (a little more than an hour by car) sits Bucks County, a pastoral countryside that beckons with its small-town vibes, history, outdoor escapes and more. It’s also a popular spot for weddings thanks to its myriad choices. Vineyards, castles, iconic estates, bed and breakfasts — you name it, Bucks likely has it, with its particularly quaint spin. While there are many enclaves within the county perfect for your Big Day, New Hope remains a highlight. Located adjacent to the Delaware, the village has experienced recent buzz for its new River House at Odette’s boutique hotel, from the team behind The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor (a must for Shore weddings). On this list, you’ll discover some of the finest New Hope and Bucks County wedding venues, many of which are offering micro-wedding packages, virtual tours and other programs as a result of the pandemic for current and future planning.

[Ed. Note: The event capacities listed below are subject to change based on updated COVID-19 requirements per federal, state and county guidelines. Please speak directly with each venue for its latest accommodations.]

New Hope

HollyHedge Estate
New Hope

Hollyhedge Estate

An intimate courtyard reception at HollyHedge Estate. Photo by Weddings by Two

Indelible pastoral charm is found at every turn of this family-owned estate run by the Luccaro brothers. The 18th-century converted farm sits on 20-plus acres, with many spaces to form the backdrop to your Big Day. Ceremonies can take place next to the pond, on the knoll or in the barn. Receptions can occur in the barn or courtyard garden. You and your party will have access to the property’s rooms and suites (with their original stone walls and wood beams); we suggest staying morning to morning. Arrive day of and savor breakfast at the inn, then leave the next day, after a farewell bite. (Cuisine is prepared on-site, and many ingredients are grown on the property.) All-inclusive packages last five hours and allow you to work with your own photographer and band. Current capacity is 120 outdoors and 70 inside; opt for a micro-wedding package capped at 50 people. It runs for three and a half to four hours instead of five. Regular prices start at $165 per person plus a $5 ceremony fee; micro-wedding package prices upon request. The venue is open every month but February, when the staff gets time off and repairs are made. 6987 Upper York Road, New Hope.

Hotel du Village
New Hope

Hotel du Village reception

A reception at Hotel du Village. Photo by Redfield Photography

Take your guests on a trip to the French countryside without leaving Pennsylvania when you book your wedding here. The Landmark Hospitality-run property is a historic schoolhouse and converted stable turned romantic hotel on 12 acres

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