Middleton is expected to sign a five-year, $178 million contract to remain with the Bucks when free agency opens Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
As reported deals continue to roll in, this one shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as most indications have pointed to Middleton remaining in Milwaukee. The Bucks may be slightly overpaying for the first-time-All-Star's services, but with a window to contend around Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee had virtually no immediate avenue to replace Middleton if he were to sign elsewhere.
Middleton has declined his $13 million player option for 2019-20, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. However, he and the Bucks are planning to work together toward a long-term deal.
As expected, Middleton has declined his player option to seek more money in free agency. Since signing his previous contract in the summer of 2015, Middleton has averaged 18.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc. He made his first All-Star team last season, and he will enter the 2019-20 campaign in his age 28 season. Middleton and Milwaukee's front office will try to find common ground for an extension. Still, it's possible another team attempts to swoop in with a more enticing offer.
Middleton finished with six points (2-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in 36 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to the Raptors.
Middleton couldn't get anything going on the offensive end Thursday, ending the game with just six points on 2-of-9 shooting. He did, however, manage to accumulate a double-double with 10 boards and 10 assists. This was a devastating loss for the Bucks who will now need to win on the road in Game 6 to force a deciding matchup. Both teams have a lot to play for and after getting out to what appeared to be a somewhat comfortable 2-0 lead, the Bucks will need to regroup if they hope to reach the NBA Finals.
Middleton totaled 30 points (11-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists and six rebounds over 36 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Middleton led the Bucks in scoring with 30 points on a very efficient shooting night, nailing four three-pointers along the way. His scoring explosion was unexpected, considering he totaled 32 points combined in his last three games. With most of the Bucks struggling except for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton stepped up and made a big impact, despite the loss.
Middleton totaled 11 points (4-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and a steal across 35 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Raptors on Wednesday.
Middleton had a hard time buying a bucket in Wednesday's win, scoring just 11 points after averaging 19.1 points through nine prior games. He grabbed his most boards of the playoffs with 11, accumulating a double-double. With Malcolm Brogdon healthy and Brook Lopez on a roll, the scoring totals may be on the decline for Middleton as the playoffs progress.
Middleton totaled 19 points (5-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and a steal across 34 minutes in the Bucks' series-clinching win over the Celtics on Wednesday.
Middleton did what he does best on Wednesday, making solid contributions in virtually all phases of the game. He's been spectacular in the playoffs thus far, but the return of Malcolm Brogdon (foot) could mean a step back in usage for Middleton moving forward.
Middleton totaled 13 points (4-19 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and a steal across 37 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Celtics on Monday.
Middleton produced a well-rounded stat line on Monday, coming up with some solid counting numbers behind his 13 points. Games like this are commonplace for Milewaukee's second option. though he typically scores more. Middleton came in Monday's game averaging 20.0 points per game in the playoffs.
Middleton managed 20 points (6-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five assists, four rebounds, and three steals in 39 minutes during Friday's 123-116 Game 3 win over the Celtics.
Middleton has continued to perform at a high level through these first three games of the second round, this after collecting counting stats galore in the first round series versus the Celtics last year. He was extremely efficient as a scorer while filling up the stat sheet across every category except blocks in this one, and Middleton remains the clear second option offensively behind Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Middleton totaled 28 points (10-18 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and an assist across 32 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Middleton exploded for 28 points in Tuesday's win, knocking down seven triples and pulling in seven rebounds along the way. The points and the three-pointers were both playoff career highs. Middleton remains the best scoring option behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, and if he's hitting his shots like this, more big games are coming.
Middleton finished with 16 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and six assists over 34 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Middleton piled up another big stat line with a double-double in Sunday's loss. As the Bucks' second option on offense behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton has solid scoring upside and usually contributes across the board in most statistical categories.
Middleton amassed 18 points (5-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four rebounds and an assist across 30 minutes Monday against Detroit.
Although his stat-line was relatively muted compared to the first three Round 1 games, Middleton finished as the second-highest scorer for the Bucks, notching double-digits for a fourth-straight game. Given the fact that the Bucks easily dealt with the Pistons, it's likely that Middleton will see more than his 29.5 minutes playoff average during the second-round series in which the opponent will presumably be able to put up more of a fight.
Middleton totaled 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt), five rebounds and four assists across 25 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Pistons on Sunday.
Middleton ended a five-game streak of scoring at least 20 points, but his overall stat line was serviceable with four made threes and decent rebound and assist totals. He'll continue to be an integral part of the Bucks' success during this playoff run.
Middleton totaled 24 points (9-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a steal over 30 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Nets on Saturday.
Middleton scored at least 22 points for the second straight game, chipping in modest rebound and assist totals on Saturday night. With a plethora of injuries plaguing the Bucks, Middleton has stepped up his production recently, averaging 22.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.1 steals over his last 10 games.
Middleton totaled 22 points (7-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT), four assists, three rebounds and two steals across 25 minutes in the Bucks' win over the 76ers on Thursday.
It was just another day at the office for Middleton who finished with 22 points and some quality counting numbers behind that on the stat sheet. He didn't look bothered by the groin injury that forced him to miss the last two games.
Middleton (groin) is available and starting Thursday's game against Philadelphia, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
As anticipated, Middleton will play Thursday after missing the last two matchups with a groin issue. He'll start alongside Eric Bledsoe, Sterling Brown, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez.
Middleton (groin) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against Philly.
As was the case as of Wednesday night, Middleton remains on the injury report, carrying a probable designation after missing the previous two contests. Coach Mike Budenholzer intimated earlier in the week that Middleton's groin issue is not serious, so at this point he should be expected to return Thursday night.
Coach Mike Budenholzer intimated that Middleton (groin) could be back for Thursday's matchup with the 76ers, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel reports. Middleton is officially listed as probable.
Middleton missed his second straight game Monday against the Nets, but with a pair of off days to recover, Budenholzer believes there's a good chance he'll get his All-Star back Thursday. The Bucks have exercised caution with Middleton, though there's little reason to believe the injury is anything of concern for the postseason.
Middleton (groin) is unavailable for Monday's game against Brooklyn, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Middleton is set to miss his second straight game due to groin soreness. Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton and George Hill are all in line to see more minutes than usual as a result.
Middleton has been ruled out of Sunday's matchup with the Hawks due to left groin soreness, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Middleton is a surprise scratch from Sunday's game since he didn't show any signs of injury prior to the outing. The Bucks are also without Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle), meaning there will be a good portion of minutes to go to typical bench players. Sterling Brown and Bonzie Colson appear likely to see some extra minutes in Middleton's absence. Looking ahead, Middleton's next chance to play will be against the Nets on Monday.
Middleton exploded for 39 points (16-25 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 128-118 win over the Clippers.
Middleton caught fire, finishing with a season high scoring total while falling one board shy of a double-double and contributing across every category except blocks. Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is likely to be listed as questionable in advance of Sunday's matchup with the Hawks, and if the MVP frontrunner is forced to sit Middleton could be due for another hefty load of shot attempts.
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