NBA Rumor: Bobby Portis Free Agency

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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.

Bobby Portis on free agency: 'I haven't even thought about it yet'

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.

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 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.

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.”
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