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Despite new deal, Bucks’ Bobby Portis vows to maintain underdog mentality

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Bucks center Bobby Portis reacts after a play against the Boston Celtics during Game 5 of the second round of the NBA playoffs on May 11, 2022.

Technically, Bobby Portis has been a free agent four times.

In 2019, he signed with the New York Knicks. In 2020, of course, he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. After opting out after the championship race, he returned for another season last year. He opted out again, setting the stage for his first long-term contract since his rookie deal in Chicago.

This free-agent twist was a bit different, one that Portis considered an honor to experience, as several teams approached him early and wanted him on their rosters. But for the third time, Portis has agreed to return to Milwaukee on a four-year, $48.5 million deal with the Bucks, a deal that became official Wednesday.

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It sets the stage for him to stay in one city for the longest period of his professional career.

But that doesn’t mean he’s going to settle.

“My mindset is I’m never really sure,” he said Thursday after a workout. “I always have the underdog mentality, any day, anything can change. Just because they love you today, they may not love you tomorrow. That has always been my mentality in this league.

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