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|July 1 7:47 AM PT8:47 AM MT9:47 AM CT10:47 AM ET14:47 GMT22:47 7:47 AM MST9:47 AM EST18:47 UAE16:4710:47 ET9:47 AM CT13:47 - A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached agreement with Middleton on a five-year, $70 million contract. The Bucks and Middleton came to agreement early Wednesday, a few hours after the free agent market opened. The person requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. ESPN first reported the agreement.
Analysis: Middleton's breakout was one of the main factors in the Bucks becoming one of the surprise teams in the league last year. He averaged 13.4 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range in his third season. Middleton was a second-round pick of Detroit in 2012. He has blossomed into a versatile and important small forward for the Bucks.
|Mar. 12 10:12 PM PT11:12 PM MT12:12 AM CT1:12 AM ET5:12 GMT13:12 10:12 PM MST12:12 AM EST9:12 UAE06:121:12 ET11:12 PM CT4:12 - Middleton matched his career-best - set only four days ago - with 30 points in Milwaukee's win over Orlando on Wednesday.
Analysis: Middleton has been the Bucks' top offensive weapon lately, scoring in double figures in 17 straight games.
|Mar. 7 8:44 PM PT9:44 PM MT10:44 PM CT11:44 PM ET4:44 GMT12:44 9:44 PM MST11:44 PM EST8:44 UAE05:4423:44 ET10:44 PM CT3:44 - Middleton scored a career-best 30 points and hit the key 3-pointer from the corner with 40.8 seconds left, and Milwaukee snapped a four-game losing streak with a 91-85 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Analysis: Middleton has certainly taken on more of a role in the offense for more than a month now, averaging 17.5 points in 15 games dating to Feb. 2.
|Feb. 4 8:01 PM PT9:01 PM MT10:01 PM CT11:01 PM ET4:01 GMT12:01 9:01 PM MST11:01 PM EST8:01 UAE05:0123:01 ET10:01 PM CT2:01 - Middleton filled the box score with 21 points, seven rebounds and a season-high seven assists as the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers 113-105 in overtime Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Analysis: Middleton is averaging 17.9 points over the last seven games, up from his season mark of 11.2.
|Feb. 3 10:28 PM PT11:28 PM MT12:28 AM CT1:28 AM ET6:28 GMT14:28 11:28 PM MST1:28 AM EST10:28 UAE07:281:28 ET12:28 AM CT4:28 - Middleton had season highs of 25 points and nine rebounds in Monday's win at Toronto.
Analysis: Middleton, who is averaging 14.3 points on 55.6 percent shooting over his last 13 games, is worth snatching up if he's still available in your league.
|Dec. 3 8:17 PM PT9:17 PM MT10:17 PM CT11:17 PM ET4:17 GMT12:17 9:17 PM MST11:17 PM EST8:17 UAE05:1723:17 ET10:17 PM CT2:17 - Middleton scored 21 points Wednesday.
Analysis: Middleton averages 9.2 points so don't use him.
|Nov. 12 7:37 PM PT8:37 PM MT9:37 PM CT10:37 PM ET3:37 GMT11:37 8:37 PM MST10:37 PM EST7:37 UAE (+1)04:3722:37 ET9:37 PM CT1:37 - Middleton returned Sunday after missing two games and had 10 points in a 91-84 win over Miami.
Analysis: The Milwaukee forward, averaging 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in seven games this season, was dealing with a sore right knee.