The Milwaukee Bucks were able to re-sign their biggest free agents on Friday, when they reportedly agreed to a new three-year, $102 million contract with Khris Middleton.
Although the third year is a player option, the timeline fits with the rest of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s. Antetokounmpo, the two-time MVP, is under contract with Milwaukee for two more years, with the third year also being a player option. It seems these two have tied their fate together once again.
Middleton was rumored to be targeted by the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and other suitors. However, it took him less than an hour to meet with the Bucks and agree to a brand-new deal (we know there was absolutely no tampering involved).
The Milwaukee Bucks secure their biggest free agent, Khris Middleton, by agreeing to a three-year, $102 million contract.
Middleton hasn’t been the same after he injured his knee in last year’s first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls. He spent the previous offseason recovering from his knee injury and a wrist injury he suffered around the All-Star break of 2022. Those injuries cost him most of the first quarter of the season.
When Middleton finally returned, he wasn’t his same self. He was still on a minutes restriction and wasn’t showing the same burst we had come to know. This led to him being shut down for some time so he could continue to rehab his knee.
He returned again toward the end of the season and was slowly and successfully amping his way up. Then he injured his other knee on the first possession of a game against the Bulls and left later in the first quarter, never returning.
With just a week and a half until the first round of the playoffs was set to begin, fans became very concerned with Middleton’s health. He was able to return and play very well in their first-round upset at the hands of the Miami Heat, but he needed another offseason surgery to get his knee right.
He’ll be 32 by the time the season starts and should have some good years left in him. Milwaukee needs him to return to his All-Star version that helped lead the Bucks to a championship. Without him, they lose a key playmaker, a versatile defender, and a great teammate.
It’s wonderful he was able to sign another contract with the team that believed in him from the beginning.