Bobby Portis Declines Player Option, Becomes Unrestricted Free Agent

Milwaukee Bucks forward has opted out of his $4.6 million player option and will hit unrestricted free agency when the market opens on Thursday, June 30 at 6PM ET, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Portis signed a team-friendly deal worth two years, $8.9 million with a player option in the second year to stay with the Bucks following their championship win in 2021. 

According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, the Bucks have Portis' early bird rights, which means they can go over the cap to retain his services. 

The 6-foot-10 forward can re-sign with Milwaukee for up to four years, $49 million. However, the contract should be for at least two seasons and should not include an option in the second year — similar to the type of deals he's signed with the Bucks the previous two summers.

Portis had a career season with the Bucks in 2021-22. He started in 59 of his 72 regular season appearances as a result of starting center Brook Lopez's back injury early in the campaign.

For the season, Portis averaged 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds, while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from long distance.

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