After receiving interest from a number of different teams in free agency, Bobby Portis ultimately decided to stay put and sign a new deal with the Milwaukee Bucks worth $8.9 million across two seasons. After all, it made sense for both sides after Portis played a key role in the Bucks' title run. By no surprise though, Giannis Antetokounmpo was a huge influence on Portis's decision to re-sign with the team. Via the Stadium's Shams Charania:
“He's a hell of a leader, he's always tried to instill that always take care of your family but he does want me to stick around and be around for the long run,” The Bucks forward said. “To have a guy like Giannis to call me and want me to stay..emphasizing almost everyday after the season…the first thing he said after we won a championship was ‘look you guys gotta sign Bobby back', for me to hear that, for my whole family to hear that, it was just great.”
Antetokounmpo is undoubtedly the leader of this Bucks team and a fantastic one at that. He knows how important Portis was to their NBA championship and made a point of letting the front office know they had to bring him back.
In the postseason, Portis averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20 games for the Bucks, providing stout defense and giving Milwaukee another offensive weapon. He's found a home and will be looking to help the Bucks run it back in 2022.