Report: Bucks’ Middleton declines $13M option to become free agent


Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith knocks the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22). (Carlos Osorio/AP)

All-star swingman Khris Middleton is turning down a $13-million player option in his deal with the Milwaukee Bucks to become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday.

Wojnarowski added that the 27-year-old and the Bucks are aiming to come together on a new long-term deal.

He is expected to command a five-year max deal to stay in Milwaukee or a four-year max with another team.

In his seventh campaign in the league and sixth with the Bucks, Middleton averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists on 44.1 per cent shooting from the field and 37.8 from beyond the arc.

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