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.
Milwaukee Bucks swingman Pat Connaughton is finalizing a three-year, $30 million contract extension with the franchise, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The deal takes the Bucks' key shooter and well-regarded leader through the 2025-26 season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2022
Milwaukee Bucks G Pat Connaughton has agreed on a three-year, $28.5M extension with a player option, his agents Jeff Schwartz and Jordan Gertler of @ExcelBasketball tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2022
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.