Khris Middleton expected to be available vs. Golden State
Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Khris Middleton is expected to be available for Friday night’s heavyweight showdown against the Golden State Warriors. Middleton missed his first game of the season last Wednesday due to undisclosed personal reasons.
Eric Nehm of The Athletic tweeted out this piece of good news for Bucks fans.
Brook Lopez tells us Khris Middleton participated in shootaround and the team prepared as though he will play tonight.
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) December 7, 2018
Middleton and the Bucks soundly defeated the defending champs during the first game of their regular season matchup last November 8. Milwaukee handed the Warriors a 134-111 beatdown through a balanced offensive attack that saw the team shoot an impressive 51.5 percent clip from the field.
Middleton, 27-years-old, has been a key cog for the Bucks’ stellar 16-7 start to the season. He is posting all-around numbers for the team and is doing it an efficient manner. Middleton’s name has been floated around in trade interests as of late, though the Bucks don’t appear to be inclined in shipping their top-tier scorer.
The 6-foot-8 versatile swingman can opt out of his contract next year and be an intriguing addition to an already-stacked 2019 free agency class. Sporting News‘ Sean Deveney chimed in on how he perceives Middleton will fare in free agency.
“Those are star-quality numbers [19.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists per game this season], and they’re the reason Middleton has max-deal buzz. There will be opportunities to explore—both the Lakers and Clippers, sources say, will have interest in Middleton, and he’ll have options with rebuilding teams such as New York, Dallas and Cleveland. Either way, Middleton will get something around a five-year, $190 million deal from Milwaukee, or a four-year, $140 million contract to sign elsewhere.”
Middleton’s high level of play has people already putting him on a tier that includes premier shooters. Like the Warriors’ in-house sniper, Klay Thompson.