Portis and the Bucks agreed to terms Thursday on a four-year, $49 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. After taking a discount to stick with the Bucks this past season, Portis will cash in and get a longer-term commitment from one of the best teams in the East. The 2015 first-round pick has developed into a fan-favorite, and he's coming off of the best statistical season of his career. Filling in for Brook Lopez for much of the regular season, Portis averaged 14.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks per game while shooting 39.3 percent from three -- down from a league-best 47.1 percent in 2020-21.
Portis declined his $4.6 million player option Wednesday and became a free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Portis saw a significant increase in role last season with Milwaukee as Brook Lopez missed much of the season. In 28.2 minutes per game, Portis averaged 14.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. It would be surprising if he didn't have other suitors, but there's been no indication that either he or the Bucks wants to end his tenure. According to Bobby Marks of ESPN.com, the maximum that Portis can sign for with Milwaukee is four years, $49 million.
Portis amassed 14 points (4-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 15 rebounds, two assists and one steal over 28 minutes during Wednesday's 110-107 win over Boston. While no Boston player collected more than eight rebounds, Portis had seven offensive rebounds alone. Portis was the catalyst in Milwaukee winning the rebounding battle and second-chance points were the difference in the game. Portis saw a reduced role in Game 4, but he returned to a healthy workload Wednesday and can be expected to on Friday as well.
Portis will come off the bench for Saturday's Game 3 against the Celtics, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports. Coach Mike Budenholzer will switch things up in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1, going with Grayson Allen in the starting lineup over Portis, who has been in the lineup since Khris Middleton (knee) got injured. Portis still figures to have a significant role, and it would be relatively surprising if he saw fewer than 20 minutes. In the playoffs, he's averaged 12.3 points and 10.9 rebounds in 25.3 minutes.
Portis finished with 13 points (5-7 FG, 3-3 FT) and eight rebounds in a 109-86 loss to Boston on Tuesday. Portis has reached double-digit points in each of his last five games including six of his last seven. The veteran center is up to 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game on 60.7 percent shooting from the field through the first two games of the series.
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