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Reports: Bucks’ Pat Connaughton agrees to 3-year, $28.5 million extension

Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics - Game Seven

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 15: Pat Connaughton #24 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts on the bench during the fourth quarter in Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 15, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. 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. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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It raised a few eyebrows last month when Bucks swingman Pat Connaughton opted into his $5.7 million player option for next season when there was likely more money for him on the open market.

Maybe it was because he knew an extension to that contract was coming. On Tuesday night, Connaughton and the Bucks agreed to a three-year contract extension, with Shams Charania of The Athletic being first the Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN filling in the details.

Connaughton is coming off his best season as a Buck, averaging 9.9 points and 4.2 rebounds a game, shooting 39.5% from 3 and playing 26 minutes a night. More importantly for the Bucks, Connaughton has proven he can be a key part of the rotation deep into the playoffs and even the Finals.

The Bucks kept their key guys this offseason, re-signing Bobby Portis and now Connaughton. They are poised to make another deep playoff run next season and will be one of the handful of title contenders around the league.