Reports: Bucks retain Middleton on 5-year deal

( - The Milwaukee Bucks will have Khris Middleton back into the fold after agreeing to a five-year contract with the rising swingman, according to multiple reports.


The Associated Press reported the deal, which cannot be announced until July 9, to be worth a total of $70 million.

A restricted free agent this offseason, Middleton has blossomed into a quality starter during his two seasons in Milwaukee. The 23-year-old averaged 12.1 points while starting 64 games with the Bucks in 2013-14, then followed up by putting up 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 79 games this past campaign.

Middleton, who has shot 41 percent from 3-point range over that two-year stretch, came to the Bucks along with guard Brandon Knight from Detroit in the July 2013 trade that sent point guard Brandon Jennings to the Pistons.


The Pistons originally selected Middleton in the second round of the 2012 draft.


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