One follow-up to Friday’s item about free agent-to-be Bobby Portis and the belief among some interested teams that Portis is destined to re-sign to a multi-year deal with the Bucks in free agency: Via Early Bird rights, Milwaukee’s best offer to Portis is currently projected to be in the $48 million range over four seasons. More specificity about the most Portis can earn via the Early Bird provision will be available on June 30. Portis averaged 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds last season on a modest $4.6 million deal with the Bucks, who had no financial flexibility to pay him more.
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Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis can become a free agent this offseason if he bypasses a $4.6 million player option for 2022-23, but there is already tangible resignation from some interested teams that they won’t have any shot at luring Portis away from the Bucks. The expectation already in circulation is that Portis will re-sign with Milwaukee on a multi-year deal even if he does opt for free agency.
Jim Owczarski: Bobby Portis has a player option to make a decision on, but said that he doesn’t discuss such things publicly. He reiterated how much Milwaukee and the #Bucks have meant to him personally & professionally the last two seasons.
It means Bobby Portis and Connaughton will be able to shop their services on the open market, with the Bucks being able to match any offer extended to them. Whether the Bucks will match any offers thrown their way, though, is the big question. Portis was clearly underpaid this season and will receive a hefty raise. Connaughton is also in line for a pay bump. Portis’s salary this season is a paltry $4.37 million — a real bargain for the Bucks. The forward-center started 59 games (he played in 72) while averaging 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds. “He’s going to get, I believe, a contract for about $12 million, maybe $13 million a year,’’ an NBA executive said of Portis. “Now, whether that’s for three years or four years, I don’t know.’’ Another NBA official concurred.
“There has been talk he’ll get that amount ($12-13M),’’ the official said. “I think when he (Portis) signed last summer and took a low salary, they had a verbal agreement in place that he (Portis) would get lot more money and more than two years on his next contract.’’ While those officials agreed on Portis’ projected annual salary, another NBA official contends that figure may be low. “We have him rated as a higher-priced player,’’ he said, referring to his team. “We have him as a $15 million (a year) player.’’
The Athletic: Why did @Bobby Portis choose to stay in Milwaukee with other offers on the table? “Find happiness, a place where I can be myself. I think I found that now. … I love everything they do there.” 🎥 @Shams Charania via @Stadium pic.twitter.com/Sf2Rt3X5kz
Shams Charania: Milwaukee Bucks‘ Bobby Portis sits down with @Stadium: “I’ve been on a lot of stinker teams…I could really fill a role and impact winning. All I know how to do is be Bobby Portis.” Plus: Giannis recruiting him to re-sign in free agency, NBA title, more. pic.twitter.com/61K9lsXDeg
Keith Smith: As speculated, Bobby Portis re-signed with the Milwaukee Bucks for the full amount his Non-Bird allowed for: 21-22: $4,347,600 22-23: $4,564,980 Second season is a player option for Portis. @spotrac
The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed forward Bobby Portis. “Bobby is instrumental to our championship team, providing toughness, dependable three-point shooting and a strong inside presence on both ends of the floor,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst. “His constant energy and effort make him a great teammate and a favorite among Bucks fans. We are thrilled to have Bobby remain in Milwaukee.”
The Heat had talks with Bobby Portis, sources said, and the Portis-Adebayo frontcourt would have offered an intriguing combination of shooting and size. Portis would have been Miami’s new and probably superior version of Meyers Leonard and Olynyk — center-ish bigs the Heat paired with Adebayo (another center) because Adebayo can defend anyone, allowing Spoelstra to hide weaker tag-team partners.
Bobby Marks: FYI on the Bobby Portis signing in Milwaukee Non-bird rights ($4.34M and $4.56M) Milwaukee still has the $5.9M tax ML
Keith Smith: Per a source: Bobby Portis re-signed with the Milwaukee Bucks using his Non-Bird rights. This conserves the full $5.9M Taxpayer MLE for the Bucks to use on another player.
Bobby Portis: RUN THAT SHIT BACK! Proud to call Milwaukee my home. Wouldn’t want to be no where else! #UNDERDOG To the fans, thank you for your continued support. Now let’s get it! pic.twitter.com/Xwp8Yfwry1
Barry Jackson: Per source, Heat tonight has shown interest in Milwaukee PF Bobby Portis, but he’s looking for more than $9.5 M mid-level, which is all Heat has to offer. Among stretch 4s, Olynyk (Detroit), Jeff Green (Denver) off the board so far tonight.
Rival teams interested in Bobby Portis are highly pessimistic that they can pry Portis away from Milwaukee, despite the Bucks’ financial constraints in trying to keep him, and Dallas is even more of a lock to re-sign Doncic’s close friend Boban Marjanovic. Beyond the extension for Doncic, retaining Marjanovic is the one certainty about the Mavericks’ offseason that has already seen them move away from a planned pursuit of Lowry.
Other teams will be able to offer more than the Bucks, but per league sources, there is growing optimism within the organization that Portis, 26, will return to Milwaukee.
Portis, who became a huge fan favorite in his first season with the Bucks, will undoubtedly draw keen interest from several teams. The most the Bucks could pay him is $5.9M, while several NBA officials said Portis could double that amount with another team. “He’s looking for a lot of money,’’ another NBA official said. “I heard he wants north of $15 million. That’s crazy. I don’t think he’s going to get that, but he could get a lot more than the Bucks can give him.’’
Bobby Portis: I like Milwaukee. Milwaukee cool, though. It’s better than people think it is, you know? It’s definitely better than people think it is. Obviously, like the big markets have the better food places, and the high-name food places and things like that, but being in Milwaukee is great. It’s great people there: sports town, they really love their sports. They love all the guys on the team… You know, sometimes you might go to a team where they only like the guys with the big names. You know, in Milwaukee, they love all of their guys. You go anywhere, you get love, people cheer for you, they got your back. They’re just fanatics, bro,
Adrian Wojnarowski: Milwaukee Bucks F Bobby Portis is declining his $3.8M player option and will become a free agent, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @Priority Sports tells ESPN.
Bobby Marks: Portis has non-bird rights in Milwaukee The most Milwaukee can offer is: 1. $4.3M (non-bird rights- 120% off his 2020-21 $) 2. $5.9M tax ML
The reigning champion Bucks are believed to have interest in re-signing versatile defender P.J. Tucker on a deal framework of two years, $20 million, sources said. There’s also a belief that Bobby Portis and Milwaukee hope to strike a deal.
Jordan Treske: Watching Woj and Lowe. Couple of tidbits on Bucks as they closed out the show: – Portis is going to command a lot of money in free agency (no surprise)
Bobby Portis has a $3.8 million player option, and Bryn Forbes has a $2.4 million player option. Both of those guys exceeded those contracts exponentially, and they’re both expected to opt out. It looks to me, especially for a guy like Portis who played really well, it’s going to be tough for Milwaukee to keep him. It’s going to be interesting to see if Bobby, who is adored by fans in Milwaukee, is maybe willing to give the organization some type of a discount.
The Jump: “I do love it here though. I don’t even want to go anywhere” —@Bobby Portis on his free agency #TheJump #FearTheDeer
Lori Nickel: “This feels like home to me!” ~ @Bobby Portis on being in Milwaukee for his short time. #sidneymoncrief pic.twitter.com/wGPDFKNdX1
You signed a one-plus-one last offseason, so you have a player option this summer and you will be a coveted free agent. The Bucks will surely want you back. But what’s your approach right now? Bobby Portis: To be honest, I haven’t even thought about it yet. I woke up Sunday morning out of my bed … I didn’t go to sleep on Saturday night after we won the Eastern Conference … I woke up and I’m like, ‘Damn, I’m f—— really going to the NBA Finals.’ That’s been my whole mindset. We’re really in the Finals. Walking into the gym, seeing the Larry O’Brien trophy everywhere, that’s where my mind is right now. To complete the mission. I’m just a team guy trying to do everything I can to help the team win.
“I actually hit Giannis up and told him I can come help the team and I can help everyone out,” Portis told The Athletic recently. “He went to the boss (front office) and told him come and get me. It made it better, having a guy like that back me and having confidence in me every day. Just be myself — it makes it that much funner and that much easier for me to come play the game. The biggest thing with me this year is that I’m at peace with myself finally. I finally found myself in my career. The journey is what I appreciate the most about the NBA, man.
Bobby Portis’s short but productive career as a Milwaukee Buck is winding down. P.J. Tucker, whose career with the Bucks has been even shorter than Portis’ and certainly less productive, also appears to be approaching the finish line in Milwaukee. Messrs. Portis and Tucker will become free agents after this season and neither one, in the estimation of several NBA officials, figures to be donning a Bucks uni for the 2021-2022 season.
Portis has shot the ball extremely well this season: He connected on 52 percent of his shots, including 47.1 percent on 3-pointers. That ranked third in the league, trailing only Brooklyn’s Joe Harris (47.5 percent) and Marcus Morris (47.3 percent) of the Los Angeles Clippers. “He’s going to get a pay raise, for sure,’’ said an Eastern Conference official whose team will be in the market this summer for a stretch four like Portis. “I can see him doubling his salary. He could get up to $10M from a team that would give him a bigger role.’’
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward Torrey Craig, guard Bryn Forbes and forward Bobby Portis. “We’ve bolstered the depth of our roster with the additions of Torrey, Bryn and Bobby,” General Manager Jon Horst said. “Together they bring toughness, shooting and playoff experience to our team. We look forward to their continued development playing in Coach Bud’s system.”
Bobby Marks: Cap update on Milwaukee Part of the ML used on DJ Augustin Biannual on Bobby Portis $4M below the luxury tax $6M below the hard cap 11 players under contract
David Aldridge: Likely a two-year (1+1) deal for Bobby Portis in Milwaukee, with player option second year, likely to come in around $8M.
Shams Charania: Free agent Bobby Portis is finalizing a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Steve Popper: Newsday has learned Knicks are waiving Elfrid Payton and Kenny Wooten and not picking up option on Bobby Portis. Also, no qualifying offer for Damyean Dotson, who is an unrestricted FA now. More decisions to come… The players who are waived today could be back – but on a lesser deal than what they were in line for.
The idea of taking a bad contract into cap space could be one of several avenues the Knicks are considering this offseason. Depending on what they decide to do with the contract options for Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock, New York could have more than $60 million in cap room in the offseason. The Knicks, who told teams recently they’d be open to taking on a bad contract, have not made decisions on any players with options yet.
Bobby Portis, who has a team option next season that opposing teams see as unlikely to be exercised, hit 36 percent of his three-point attempts (which matches his career average).
There was no way Portis could live up to that money. But the 25-year-old put together some massive games — including single-handedly beating his former club, the Bulls, with 28 points in 30 minutes in a contest MSG Network replayed Tuesday night. Portis, quarantining in his home state of Arkansas, made $15 million this season and a $15.7 million team option exists for next season. “At the time of the signing it was a little high, but they got an option,’’ one NBA personnel director told The Post. “So to get that they had to pay the premium, but I can’t imagine they can keep him.”
“Bobby was really terrific the last month heading into the shutdown,’’ his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Post. “He was getting comfortable with the guys he was playing with. He was trending toward a great finish to the season. “I think there was an adjustment period with a new team, the coaching change. There were a lot of things happening at the same time and that accounted for some rough spots.’’
The New York Knicks announced today that the team has signed five players: Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, Bobby Portis and Julius Randle. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Wayne, Taj, Elfrid, Bobby and Julius to New York,” said Scott Perry, general manager, New York Knicks. “Collectively, we’re adding a mix of extremely talented and experienced multi-dimensional players who will improve our team as we continue building out a deep and versatile roster. These players are all tough-minded, motivated and ready to compete, and we’re excited to have them as part of the Knicks family.”
Fred Katz: Wizards have now officially rescinded Bobby Portis’ qualifying offer, per a source. He will sign with the Knicks as an unrestricted free agent July 6
Marc Berman: Bobby Portis is restricted free agent and Knicks are working things out with agent Mark Bartelstein and his new team, the Wizards. Was traded from Bulls to Wizards. RFA sign offer sheets that could be matched.
Marc Berman: Bobby Portis deal does not leave a max slot for Kawhi Leonard. Oh well.
Mike Vorkunov: The Knicks have come to an agreement with Bobby Portis on a 2-year, $31 million deal, his agent, Mark Bartelstein confirms. Portis is a restricted free agent, but seems Portis and Wizards are working on getting his qualifying offer rescinded.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Bobby Portis has agreed to a two-year, $31M deal with the Knicks, agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN.
Fred Katz: Bobby Portis is restricted. Wizards extended him the qualifying offer. So the Wizards will have the right to match. At that price, my educated guess is he’ll end up being a Knick.
Alex Kennedy: Bobby Portis has received significant interest from the Jazz, Knicks and Clippers, source confirms. Also, the Wizards have shown interest in re-signing him. Last season, he averaged 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 threes while shooting 44.4% from the field and 39.3% from three.
The Knicks also continue to have significant interest in young big men Julius Randle and Bobby Portis, per sources. Randle is an unrestricted free agent and Portis is restricted, so New York would need to offer him a contract of at least two seasons in length. The Knicks will have roughly $70 million in cap space in free agency. The specific numbers of the cap next season are expected to be released soon.
League sources confirmed to SNY that the Knicks are also considering making a significant short-term offer to DeMarcus Cousins. But some in the organization have said that going after younger players like Randle and Portis is a priority that’s ahead of pursuing Cousins, who will be 29 at the beginning of next season.
Chase Hughes: The Wizards have extended a qualifying offer to Bobby Portis, meaning he will be a restricted free agent on June 30, @NBCSWashington has learned.
As an upcoming free agent, Portis has attracted attention from almost every team in the Eastern Conference as well as several Western Conference teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks, according to a person with knowledge of the interested teams.
Bobby Portis is expected to draw interest from the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Bucks, Magic and Knicks among others, NBC Sports Washington has learned.
Chase Hughes: Leonsis waiting until after free agency to name a long-term team president means that interim pres. Tommy Sheppard will make the call on their RFAs on June 30. That means Tomas Satoransky, Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis.
Alex Kennedy: Bobby Portis told me he can imagine staying in CHI his whole career: “I love the city of Chicago. I’m a blue-collar player, it’s a blue-collar city. Fans really support me. I just love being in Chicago, playing for the Bulls, throwing those 5 letters across my chest every night.” pic.twitter.com/hFlj0MkQKW
KC Johnson: Bobby Portis even stronger on wanting to stay in Chicago: “I couldn’t see myself in any other jersey. Obviously, I got Bulls DNA. Me and the city have a love connection somewhere. I just enjoy playing for the Bulls.”
KC Johnson: Mark Bartelstein spent hours at the Bulls’ practice facility on Monday, trying to get a deal done in face-to-face negotiations with Bulls GM Gar Forman. “We had very positive talks,” Bartelstein said. “These are hard extensions to get done.”
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With four years left on Kevin Durant’s contract, and Kyrie Irving having opted in to the last year of his deal, the Nets have leverage and every intention of using it. And league personnel say the Nets have implied if they don’t get what they want, this could well drag on into training camp.
Nets general manager Sean Marks and owner Joe Tsai had agreed to work with Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman to try to trade him to one of his preferred landing spots. But in the end, Durant and Irving are expected to be moved where and when it works best for Nets management.
How the Nets deal with Joe Harris may be the best indicator of how they plan to proceed. He’s the longest-tenured Net, often consulted by Marks on major decisions. “I know the Nets absolutely do not want to trade Joe under any scenario,” a league source familiar with Brooklyn’s thinking told The Post. “But there are just thousands of different ways this can play out.”
Taken in the most recent draft at No. 8 overall by New Orleans, Australian product Dyson Daniels is already impressing the Pelicans’ coaching staff. “We’re playing him in scrimmages we’re putting him in multiple spots,” said Pelicans lead assistant coach Jarron Collins, who will coach in Summer League. “Obviously, he can be a primary ball-handler, he can literally play 1-4 and defend every single position.”
Standing 6′8 with a 6′11 wingspan, Daniels has physical tools to be inserted in various scenarios on the floor in various roles. “Frankly, his versatility will allow us to be creative with our lineups,” Collins said. “And his availability to us putting him in different spots.”
There’s a possibility that the son of a former New Orleans NBA great may become an LSU Tiger. LSU men’s basketball head coach Matt McMahon has given an offer to four-star recruit Andrej Stojakovic, according to a social media post from AAU team Compton Magic out of California. Andrej, the small forward who plays for the Compton AAU team and Jesuit High in California, is the son of former New Orleans, then known as Hornets, great Peja Stojakovic.