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Khris Middleton likely to turn down extension from Milwaukee

Khris Middleton, Bucks

Khris Middleton’s stock has massively risen in the past couple of seasons, coming up as one of the league’s premier sharpshooters, and it seems that he intends to cash in on every bit of that improvement.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe said on his podcast, The Lowe Post, that the Bucks plan to extend Middleton this summer, but he would kindly tell them “no, thank you,” given the amount he’s bound to make in the future as a free agent (h/t Reddit’s machu46).

Lowe mentioned that the Bucks are also “intermittently worried that Jabari [Parker] will accept the qualifying offer, which seems nuts to me since Jabari has torn his ACL twice and already turned down an offer roughly near 3 years, $54 million.”

The Bucks have pretty much decided to replace Parker for Middleton as Giannis Antetokounmpo’s next partner-in-crime, given Parker’s injury history and the rise to stardom that Middleton has had over the past couple of seasons.

Middleton made his mark this postseason, shooting a blistering 60 percent from the field and 61 percent from deep throughout a seven-game series against the Boston Celtics, shooting his team back into games consistently, while taking on the toughest defensive assignments around the perimeter.

The 6-foot-8 versatile wing is slated to make only $13 million during this upcoming 2018-19 season and another $13 million during his last season before turning into a free agent in 2020, but he’s bound to reap the riches from a spike in the salary cap, as well as the revenue from sports gambling, which could soon play a major part in NBA economics over the course of the next few years.