Joe Ingles NBA contract: Milwaukee set to be new home for Australian veteran

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Ingles watching the Australian Boomers’ win in Melbourne on Thursday night.
Camera IconIngles watching the Australian Boomers’ win in Melbourne on Thursday night. Credit: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Australian veteran Joe Ingles has landed at a new NBA home that gives him a great chance to contribute to a title - and his wife helped announce it in epic fashion.

Ingles will play for Milwaukee next season, with a one-year deal in the works as he looks to make his return following an ACL rupture in January that triggered an early end to not only his 2021-22 season, but his eight-year career at Utah.

The 34-year-old was traded to Portland barely a week after the injury, but the free agent will now head to the title-contending Bucks as they eye adding to the championship they snared two seasons ago.

Ingles appears a logical fit in Milwaukee once he regains full fitness, with his three-point accuracy, veteran leadership and ability to space the floor set to help Giannis Antetokounmpo and co make another run.

Amid a spate of free agency signings across the NBA, Ingles injected some humour into his.

Wife Renae, a champion athlete in her own right after carving out a superb netball career, took to Twitter as the self-proclaimed ‘CEO of the house’ to make the announcement.

“BREAKING NEWS: Sources very close to free agent @Joeingles7 can confirm that he has agreed to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks,” she wrote.

“CEO of the house, Renae Ingles, is thrilled for Joe and their family.

“Joe himself, is said to be very bucking happy.”

Ingles was courtside in Melbourne on Thursday night to watch the Australian Boomers beat China in their World Cup qualifier.

Joe Ingles with Jarryd Roughead.
Camera IconJoe Ingles with Jarryd Roughead. Credit: AAP

It came almost a year after he played a key role in leading Australia to their breakthrough bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

In other NBA free agent news for Aussies, fellow veteran Patty Mills will reportedly return to the Brooklyn Nets on a two-year deal.

The Nets are reportedly reeling from the news that megastar Kevin Durant has requested a trade away from the franchise.

ESPN first reported Durant’s trade request, citing Phoenix and Miami as two of his preferred destinations. The bombshell came just hours before the NBA’s free-agent period for this summer was set to begin.

- with AP

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