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Middleton opts-out, chasing long-term max contract

June 19, 2019 - 1:46 pm
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As expected, Khris Middleton has declined his $13 million player. He will become a free agent when the NBA's new league year begins July 1. 

Middleton is expected to command a max contract, either with the Bucks or a new team. He's eligible to sign a five-year, $190 million contract with the Bucks, or a four-year, $141 million contract with another team, according to Wojnarowski. Read more here.

"At the end of the day, I think players want to win, and I think they want to be paid fairly," said Jon Horst, Bucks general manager. "I think Khris wants to be paid fairly. I think Khris wants to win at the highest level, and I think he fully believes that he can do that here in Milwaukee." 

"This is a special place, a special team. Just from what we've built," Middleton said following the Bucks' elimination in the Eastern Conference Finals. "From one of the worst teams in the league to one of the best, a championship contending team...it's a special place that we've built up."

"I love these guys, but I'm going to be with my family the rest of my life. So, I'm going to make sure they're right, they're comfortable with what I'm doing," Middleton said. "Then, just 'Am I in the right place, the right situation, the right team?' I want to win the championship. I feel like we're close, we could've won, but we didn't. So that comes second, putting myself in the position where I can win a championship with some team."