NBA free agency opened at 5 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, and the Milwaukee Bucks got right to work.
A person familiar with the situation says Khris Middleton plans to agree to a five-year deal worth nearly $179 million to remain with the Bucks.
The fifth year is at Middleton’s option, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because neither the team nor the player had revealed details publicly. ESPN first reported Middleton’s plans.
In a statement issued by the Bucks, GM Jon Horst said, “We are engaged in free agent negotiations with Khris Middleton. We intend to enter into a player contract with Khris once the moratorium period has ended.”
Middleton was an All-Star for the first time last season, averaging 18.3 points per game for a Milwaukee team that finished the regular season with an NBA-best 60 wins.
His deal is not quite a max; he could have commanded closer to $190 million over the five years.
ESPN is reporting that Brook Lopez is planning to sign a four-year, $52M deal to stay with the Bucks.
ESPN is also reporting that Indiana is trading a first-round and two future second round picks to the Milwaukee for Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon has agreed to a four-year, $85M deal with Indiana, per sources.