Bobby Portis played a key role for the Milwaukee Bucks during their championship run this season, but many have assumed he will leave the team after he turned down his player option for next season. The Bucks just can’t pay a lot to keep him, but may they not have to?
Portis has turned down his $ 3.8 million player option for the 2021-22 season. The most the Bucks can offer you is the $ 5.9 million mid-tier exception, which means other teams will almost certainly outperform them. However, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Sunday that teams are skeptical they can sign Portis out of Milwaukee. Despite his limited financial flexibility, the Bucks remain the favorites to renew him.
Portis, 26, averaged 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season. He became a fan favorite for his energy and attitude, which included tough guy behavior.
After making more than $ 14 million in 2019-20 with the New York Knicks, it’s easy to imagine Portis receiving much more lucrative contract offers than the Bucks can pay him. The question is how much less is he willing to take to stay with the defending champs.