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Report: Bucks guard Bryn Forbes opting out

Bucks guard Bryn Forbes

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 20: Bryn Forbes #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks poses for a portrait with the Larry O’Brien Trophy after winning Game Six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns on July 20, 2021 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The NBA-champion Bucks could face a steep luxury-tax bill next season.

Among the players seeking a raise: Bryn Forbes, who’s declining his $2,454,002 player option.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Milwaukee Bucks guard Bryn Forbes is declining his player option for the 2021-22 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

The Bucks can offer just a $2,804,574 starting salary through Non-Bird Rights (actually a form of Bird Rights that allows teams to offer 120% of prior salary). More, and Milwaukee would have to use its mid-level exception.

Bobby Portis, assuming he opts out, would be in a similar position with the Bucks. So, they probably won’t re-sign both.

Forbes gradually lost playing time as the playoffs progressed, falling completely from the rotation in the NBA Finals. At just 6-foot-2 and not exceptionally athletic, he had trouble holding up at the highest levels.

But the self-made sharpshooter can bomb 3-pointers in plenty of contexts. He shot 45% on five attempts per game from beyond the arc last season.

The 28-year-old has a nice opportunity to secure the first fat contract of his career.