Most Likely Destinations for Khris Middleton in Free Agency

Max Staley
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Khris Middleton is the prototypical modern wing, and he's exactly the type of player NBA teams covet. He's prolific from beyond the arc and capable of defending multiple positions with his massive 6-foot-11 wingspan. Middleton is also coming off his first season as an All-Star, averaging 18.3 points per game (PPG).

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As a result of his elevated play in 2018-19, Middleton will likely decline his $13 million player option and opt to enter free agency this summer, as he's well positioned to earn a huge contract.

With that in mind, here are the three most likely destinations for Middleton in free agency.

3. Brooklyn Nets

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If the Brooklyn Nets strikeout on bigger names, Middleton would be an excellent consolation prize. He's an ideal fit in Brooklyn's fact-paced offense that places a heavy emphasis on the 3-point shot. Defensively, he'd also be able to cover for some of D'Angelo Russell's shortcomings (provided Russell remains with the Nets). The Nets play a modern brand of basketball that relies on the 3-point shot, and defensive versatility, and Middleton's game makes him a great fit for that type of system.

2. Dallas Mavericks

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Middleton would be the ideal No. 3 option in Dallas next to Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis (provided he's legally cleared to play). Middleton doesn't need the ball in his hands to dominate, which would allow Doncic to continue running the offense. The All-Star small forward proved just how effective he can be off-ball last season, with Giannis Antetokounmpo dominating the touches in Milwaukee. Middleton could be an elite defender and a reliable, low-usage scorer in Dallas next season, which would make him an excellent fit alongside Doncic.

1. Milwaukee Bucks

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Even though the jury is still out on whether or not Middleton is capable of being the second-best player on a championship team, re-signing with Milwaukee is still a likely outcome. The Bucks would be foolish to let Middleton walk away without any compensation, and he's the ideal fit for coach Mike Budenholzer's system. The Bucks would likely need a third star to get over the hump next season, but retaining Middleton's services should be Milwaukee's top priority this summer.

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