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Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis declines option

Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) celebrates during game six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) celebrates during game six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks fan favorite Bobby Portis will become a free agent after the high-energy center declined his $3.8 million player option, ESPN reported Saturday.

Portis, 26, averaged 11.4 points with 7.1 rebounds during the regular season, his first with the Bucks.

While that production declined a bit to 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds over 20 playoffs games during the team’s championship run, fans fed off the energy supplied by the Arkansas product, often chanting his name.

In six NBA seasons with four different teams, Portis has averaged 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 381 games (61 starts).

According to the report, Portis is eligible to make as much as $5.9 million next season if he stays in Milwaukee.

Heading into journeyman status after playing with the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and New York Knicks over the previous two seasons, Portis raised his profile by shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from 3-point range, both career highs.

–Field Level Media