The NBA’s free agency period will be here shortly. Until then, both players and teams are gearing up for their futures.
Since the end of the season, several players have declined their player options and will become free agents this summer. Kyrie Irving declined his option and other players such as Irving’s teammate Al Horford and 76ers guard Jimmy Butler have declined their options. This gives them the opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent and potentially sign elsewhere. Now, there is another player who plans to decline his player option. According to reports, Bucks forward Khris Middleton is opting out of his current deal.
Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Khris Middleton is declining his $13M player option and will become an unrestricted free agent, his agent, Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports, tells ESPN. Middleton and Bucks are planning to work together toward a new long-term deal, sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2019
Middleton’s agent Mike Lindeman informed Adrian Wojnarowski of Middleton’s decision. Middleton’s option was for $13 million but he declined the option to look for a bigger deal.
At the moment, Middleton and the Bucks are expected to work towards a new long-term deal. He is seeking a five-year max deal to remain with the Bucks. If the parties cannot come to an agreement, Middleton has the option of signing elsewhere but for a four-year max contract.
Middleton was an important part of the Bucks’ success this season. He averaged 18.3 points, six rebounds and 4.3 assists. His season earned him an All-Star nod for the first time in his career. Middleton was the second leading scorer of the Bucks and a player that complimented Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game. He and Antetokounmpo were a skilled duo that helped the Bucks reach great success.
Middleton and the Bucks finished the regular season with a record of 60-22. They had the best record of the league and became the first seed of the Eastern Conference. The Bucks made it to the Conference finals, where they lost to the Toronto Raptors. Middleton averaged 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
If the Bucks and Middleton reach an agreement, the Bucks are taking a step in the right direction. They keep a player that is crucial to their success. The Bucks showed that they have a bright future and Middleton should definitely be a part of it.
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