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Bucks GM Jon Horst says Khris Middleton is a ‘critical piece of our core’

Khris Middleton, Team USA

The Milwaukee Bucks officially re-signed small forward Khris Middleton on Thursday.

Bucks general manager Jon Horst released a statement on the move.

“Khris is a critical piece of our core,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst, via Bucks.com. “As an All-Star, Khris was an integral part of us winning 60 games and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. He has also established himself as a leader on our team both on the court and in the community. We’re thrilled Khris is staying in Milwaukee and look forward to even more success together.”

This past season, Khris Middleton averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 83.7 percent from the free-throw line. Milwaukee reportedly gave Middleton a five-year, $178 million contract.

With Kawhi Leonard leaving the Eastern Conference for the Los Angeles Clippers, the Bucks have a good chance of winning the East in 2019-20. Milwaukee lost to the Raptors in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals in six games.

The Bucks’ core is headlined by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Eric Bledsoe and George Hill. Milwaukee signed Brook’s brother Robin Lopez in free agency. The team did lose guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Indiana Pacers.

Middleton, 27, has career averages of 15.7 points in 455 NBA games.