Report: Bucks' Portis to decline option, become free agent

Milwaukee Bucks' Bobby Portis blocks the shot of Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam during the first half of an NBA basketball game. (Morry Gash/AP)

Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis has informed the team that he will decline his $4.6M option and become a free agent, his agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Portis, an NBA Champion with the Bucks in the 2020-21 season, has early bird rights in Milwaukee, meaning that the maximum that he can sign for is four years at $49M, but the contract has to be for a minimum of two seasons and cannot include an option in year two.

Playing with the Bucks for two seasons, in 2021-22 Portis appeared in 72 games averaging 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, a career-high in points for the forward.

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