Report: Bucks, Khris Middleton agree to 5-year, $70 million deal
Khris Middleton is reportedly near an agreement to stay with the Bucks.
Restricted free agent Khris Middleton and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal, according to the Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski. The Bucks apparently didn't want to waste any time in securing their most important free agent.
Middleton made only $915,000 last year, so this is quite a story. The No. 39 pick in the 2012 draft, he has emerged as a versatile 3-and-D type in Milwaukee after only appearing in 27 games as a rookie with the Detroit Pistons. It's strange looking back on the fact that he and Brandon Knight were traded for Brandon Jennings in the summer of 2013 -- Knight is reportedly set to sign the same deal as Middleton to stay with the Phoenix Suns.
Since he's not a household name, some may balk at the price tag. Middleton, though, was always going to get a big contract this offseason. The salary cap is going way up a year from now, and he's only 23 years old. Two-way players like him don't come cheap, and Milwaukee is betting on his offensive game expanding over the next few years.
Alongside 20-year-olds Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, Middleton allows Bucks head coach Jason Kidd to switch just about everything defensively. When they play the 2, 3 and 4 spots together, Milwaukee will be longer than just about any team in the league. Middleton averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game last season, shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from the 3-point line.
Contracts can be officially signed once the free-agency moratorium is listed on July 9.
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