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Middleton will rejoin Bucks for five years, $178M

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Jalen Rose and David Jacoby react to Khris Middleton becoming a free agent after declining his option with the Bucks. (1:45)

All-Star Khris Middleton has agreed to a five-year, $178 million contract to return to the Milwaukee Bucks, Excel Sports agent Mike Lindeman told ESPN.

The deal includes a player option on the fifth year.

Middleton has developed into the co-star alongside MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Bucks' championship-contending team, and his commitment Sunday reestablishes Milwaukee as an Eastern Conference favorite.

"We are not done. The goal wasn't to reach the Eastern Conference finals -- we are on a mission to win a championship," Middleton wrote in a post on ESPN.com. "I want to be a part of that mission, which is why I am staying here in Milwaukee for the next five years."

Middleton declined his $13 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent.

He was the Bucks' top priority in a free-agent class that includes Malcolm Brogdon and Brook Lopez. Lopez plans to re-sign in Milwaukee on a four-year, $52 million contract, sources said earlier Sunday.

Middleton, 27, emerged as an All-Star for Milwaukee, which had the best record in the NBA and reached the Eastern Conference finals. Middleton averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season. He's a career 39% 3-point shooter, a self-made player who emerged from being a 2012 second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons out of Texas A&M into one of the NBA's elite wing players.

NBA free-agent contracts can't be officially signed until Saturday.