Bucks Veteran Will NOT Become Free Agent; Opts In

The Milwaukee Bucks were preparing for an expensive summer, having to negotiate new deals with two of their own free agents. Bobby Portis has done as expected, and opted out of his $4.5M deal, but we've just learned that guard Pat Connaughton has decided to opt IN, foregoing free agency.

Connaughton will return to the Bucks by accepting his $5.7M option for 2022-23. 

John Hollinger of The Athletic, and former NBA front office type, is shocked by the move, and says the Bucks guard could have gotten twice that amount on the free agent market. But he also points out that there could be a method to the madness: 

Hollinger says the Bucks' sharpshooter is eligible to sign an extension next month of up to 4 years at about $12M a year. 

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