Free agency is just about ready to kick off. The Nets have already done their thing, and now the Bucks are making a splash of their own. Milwaukee is bringing back All-Star Khris Middleton on a five-year, $178 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Once free agency opens at 6 PM, All-Star Khris Middleton plans to return to the Milwaukee Bucks on a five-year, $178M contract, league sources tell ESPN. The deal is expected to include a player option on final year.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
$178 million checks in at roughly $11 million below the $189,903,600 assigned to the maximum-salary contract that Middleton could have signed due to his seven years of NBA service time.
Middleton was drafted by the Pistons in the second-round of the 2012 draft but was traded a year later to Milwaukee. Since then, he has appeared in 428 games, making 383 starts. During the 2017-18 season, Middleton led the NBA with a maximum 82 starts. Last season, he made 77 starts and was named an All-Star. He hit 44 percent of his field goals (38 pecent of his three-pointers and 49 percent of his two-pointers) while connecting on 84 percent of his free throws.