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Khris Middleton will decline option with Bucks, command max deal

NBA free agency news Khris Middleton will decline option with Bucks command max deal This move from Middleton isn’t shocking as he’s expected to re-sign with
Cary Erickson | 20 June, 2019, 06:42

After posting the best regular season in the National Basketball Association, the Milwaukee Bucks are facing an offseason full of decisions on how to move forward with a roster built around superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Another All-Star will be available in free agency as Bucks forward Khris Middleton plans to decline his $13 million player option for next season, his agent told ESPN. On the open market, Middleton is eligible for a four-year, $141 million deal while the Bucks can sign him to a five-year, $190 million contract.

The Bucks and Middleton plan on working together towards a long-term contract.

Having enjoyed a career year in many regards, and also earning the first All-Star appearance of his career, Middleton couldn't have timed his free agency any better and will be rewarded handsomely as a result.

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Middleton averaged a career best 20.2 points per game last season, adding 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists per contest.

Middleton's option was for the final season of a five-year, $70-million contract signed during the 2015 offseason. That move was essentially inevitable as Middleton has long outperformed the value of that deal, and was close to a lock to pursue a pay rise this summer.

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