14. Khris Middleton — Signs With The Pacers
Arguably the most underrated player in the NBA, Middleton has a case for being the best player in the league to not make an All-Star team. A skilled shooter with play-making chops and defensive upside, the Bucks wing is one of the NBA’s premier 3-and-D players.
From the Bucks’ perspective, it’s a tough choice as it pertains to Middleton. The 26-year-old is looking to cash in big after being a second-round pick in 2012. He’s rightfully earned a big pay day, but Milwaukee might not be the team that ends up handing it to him. If the Bucks ink Middleton to the max (or close to it), the team building process essentially ends there.
Middleton would become untradeable at that price, and the Bucks would have only Malcolm Brogdon and Thon Maker as potential assets to bolster their roster. They’d be essentially capped out with Middleton’s and Giannis’ deals. Is that enough to contend in the East? Maybe, but the Celtics and 76ers have potential juggernauts on their hands.
Indiana could seriously use Middleton to play alongside Oladipo. The two players complement each other well on the wing, and Indiana has a glaring need at the small forward spot. With over $60 million coming off Indiana’s book this offseason, they could be serious threats to land a solid player.
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