Khris Middleton RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Forward DeMarre Carroll agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract with the Toronto Raptors. The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with guard Khris Middleton. Green is considered a bigger free agent than Carroll and Middleton. The Warriors were surprised by the contracts offered to Carroll, Middleton, a league source said.
Ken Berger: Khris Middleton and the Bucks have finalized their five-year, approximately $70 million deal, league source confirms.: 3 more rumors
Jared Dudley: Shout out to my teammate @Khris Middleton on his new contract!!! Much deserved brotha!! I know who’s paying for the dinners this yr lol
A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached agreement with restricted free agent Khris Middleton on a five-year, $70 million contract.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Milwaukee and Khris Middleton are closing in on five-year, $70 million deal: 3 more rumors
The Milwaukee Bucks progressed quickly in the early hours of Wednesday toward their top offseason priority, moving to the brink of a long-term deal with restricted free agent Khris Middleton, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Bucks and Middleton are closing in on a five-year contract worth an estimated $70 million after the 23-year-old’s breakout season as an impact two-way player under new Bucks coach Jason Kidd.
Eric Pincus: The Milwaukee Bucks have given Khris Middleton a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent @BBallInsiders: 3 more rumors
Free agency begins July 1 and, according to a person close to the scene, Khris Middleton won’t be a free agent for long and will reach a quick agreement to remain with the Bucks.: 3 more rumors
All signals emanating from Brewtown at this stage, as you’d expect, hold that the Bucks are determined to match any offer sheets Middleton attracts after his emergence this season as one of the league’s rising defensive gems.
Jeremy Muellenbach: What you hearing about Khris Middleton? Where do you expect his numbers to be? Chandler Parsons 3/45 seems too high IMO / Steve Kyler: I was told emphatically the Bucks plan to match any offers Kris receives, they are planning for him to be back.
What leverage. Middleton was the best player on a Milwaukee team that improved from 15-67 to 41-41 and the playoffs under new head coach Jason Kidd. The Bucks want to keep him on a young roster that includes Jabari Parker, Michael Carter-Williams and Giannis Antetokounmpo. “Last year we had a terrible year,” Middleton said. “This year we came back with a new coaching staff and they put in a lot of work with us. (Kidd) taught us how to work and taught us how to win. It was good to have him.”
Quite the opposite from a “Show me the money” showboat, Middleton is soft-spoken and humble. He is more likely to hit a cliché trifecta than ruffle management. He says he “definitely” wants to stay with the upstart Bucks, preferring to keep low while agent Michael Lindeman of New York-based Excel Sports Management handles the free agent circus that starts July 1. “We have a lot of great pieces with the Bucks,” Middleton said Friday. “If we can stay together, we can do something special.”
All signs suggest they will match any deal he gets, and they have the space under the luxury tax line to do so. But they will need to consider a future in which they have to pay Carter-Williams, Antetokounmpo and Parker.
One league executive told Sporting News that Middleton will draw an offer around — brace yourself — $15 million per year. “That’s what Chandler Parsons got, but this guy plays much better defense,” the executive said. Parsons was granted a three-year, $46 million deal by the Mavericks last season to ensure the Rockets didn’t match. Now the Bucks have that dilemma, for a player who averaged 13.4 points a game this season but was their leading playoff scorer.
Milwaukee should enter the summer with about $15 million in cap room, though Khris Middleton could start the three-day clock ticking on that room by signing an offer sheet with another team after the stroke of midnight on July 1. Middleton uses the same agency that represents Jason Kidd, and it’s possible he might hang out in free agency so the Bucks can strike.
Several general managers and executives told SheridanHoops they believe Khris Middleton, who has become a go-to guy for the playoff-bound Milwaukee Bucks, is worth $10 million annually and can get roughly a four-year, $40 million offer this summer as a restricted free agent. “I would love to be here,” Middleton told SheridanHoops on Friday. “As an NBA player, you don’t want to be someone that’s bouncing around from team to team. I would love to be here, but at the same time I’ve got to keep my options open.”
You keep saying you haven’t thought about your free agency. Come on, admit you have! Khris Middleton: No, seriously. I went out to eat with my agent last night [in New York], and he asked me if I wanted to talk about it. I said no. I wouldn’t talk about it with him, even. I just want to wait until the season’s over — focus on basketball and making the playoffs. Everything else will figure itself out.
“There’s one guy in Khris (Middleton) who we have in free agency. But we’re pretty much in a good seat. You can see on a nightly basis those guys in that locker room believe they’re getting better and that they can win.”
Middleton is being paid a bargain-basement $900,000 this season but figures to receive a substantial pay increase during free agency. One NBA assistant general manager estimated Middleton will receive a multi-year contract that will average around $7 million annually; another NBA official predicted Middleton will be paid $8M per year.
“I definitely want to stay here,’’ Middleton said. “ We got a nice team, a good organization, a great city to play in. I want to be here in the future.’’
The Bucks view Middleton as a key piece to their reclamation project and are expected to match any offer to come Middleton’s way. What’s more, Middleton is represented by Jeff Schwartz. The latter is a friend of Bucks owner Marc Lasry and represents Kidd and several other Bucks players.