Khris Middleton has been a good player for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ in-division rivals, the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s always been a good shooter for the Bucks, and a solid defender. Yet, with the Bucks getting bounced in the first round by the Miami Heat, changes may need to be made.
The Bucks have already fired their head coach and major moves are on the horizon for them. If they decided to get younger and faster, several veterans may be out, like Middleton and Brook Lopez.
For the Bucks, Middleton isn’t what he was. He had a career-low three-point shooting percentage as a starter and only scored 15.1 points per game this season. It’s possible he falls off some more or bounces back, either is possible, but the Cavs have to take a big swing to maximize this offense and someone like Middleton is the exact type of piece needed to do just that.
It’s possible he opts out, making a sign-and-trade necessary, it’s also possible he knows he’s not worth $40 million anymore, and holds onto his current deal, with the idea of re-establishing himself and going back into the free agency pool after the 2024 season ends.
It’s a risky move, absolutely, but it’s not like the Cavs aren’t thinking about making moves. So why not this one?