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Report: Bucks to Re-Sign Khris Middleton for 5 Years, $70 Million

Casual NBA fans might not have noticed, but Khris Middleton had himself a breakout season up in Milwaukee. It was great timing for him as he headed into restricted free agency, and now he’s being rewarded:

At 23 years old, Middleton stepped up in a big way for a team that lost Jabari Parker early in the season to a torn ACL and later traded Brandon Knight to acquire Michael Carter-Williams, a move that helped their cap sheet long-term but at the price of an offensive downgrade at the point.

Middleton doesn’t project as a bona fide offensive centerpiece, as their playoff series against the Bulls demonstrated, but then again, neither did Jimmy Butler and look where hard work got him last season.

He doesn’t really need to be the focal point either, not when he has Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo as teammates. The promising wing trio figures to be a force in the future, and with the others on rookie deals and Milwaukee not a free-agent destination anyway, the Bucks could afford to sign Middleton to such a hefty deal.

His ascension is a reminder for teams to not take moves on the margin for granted:

Yep, that’s the Brandon Jennings trade.

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