All-Star Middleton opts out of old deal, becomes free agent

Charleston native Khris Middleton declined to pick up his $13 million player option with the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday and will enter the open market as an unrestricted free agent, according to a report from ESPN.

Middleton turns 28 in August and is coming off arguably the best year of his seven year career. The Porter-Gaud alum, who played his college ball at Texas A&M, made his first All-Star team while averaging 18.3 points, six rebounds, and four assists a game for a Bucks team that finished with the best record (60-22) in the NBA regular season.

The former second round pick is eligible to sign for as long as five years and $190 million with Milwaukee or can get a maximum of four years and $141 million from another team.

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