Grading Khris Middleton’s lucrative new deal with the Milwaukee Bucks

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Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton
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The verdict on Khris Middleton’s new deal with the Milwaukee Bucks

At the end of the day, this is a good deal for the Milwaukee Bucks. Unless they were going to work out a miraculous sign and trade that would bring them back legitimate assets, which was always a long shot, bringing him back was the obvious move. Letting Middleton walk in free agency would have been an outright disastrous decision that could have set Milwaukee back mightily. Instead, a deal was reached, and the Milwaukee Bucks will keep their three-time All-Star forward in town.

Sure, some fans have been concerned about handing a 31-year-old who has spent time over the past two years injured a lucrative deal like this. Middleton has indeed dealt with some big injuries, but they should not hinder him long term. He’s set to have one of the longest off-seasons he’s had for a long time, and hopefully he takes advantage of it by resting up but also putting the work in to craft his game. If so, All-Star selection number four could very well become a reality for Middleton next season. Even better, perhaps he could get them back to the promised land once again.

BTBP Grade: A

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