Reports have been going around on whether Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo will be leaving the Bucks for a switch to either Portland Blazers or Golden State Warriors after the Greek star unfollowed the Bucks’ team account and his teammates’ accounts on Twitter and Instagram.
These seem to have been quashed though as he met with the Bucks ownership Saturday afternoon to discuss the future of the franchise. Sources revealed Bucks co-owner and governor Marc Lasry told the reigning MVP and this year’s Defensive Player of the year Giannis Antetokounmpo in a three-hour private meeting that the franchise is willing to spend into the luxury tax to deliver him a championship-worthy team-up.
Antetokounmpo has a year remaining on his contract, and he is eligible for an extension this off-season. He could opt to play the final year of his deal before making a decision on his long-term future or could as well just put pen to paper for a new 5-year super deal that’s reported to be in the region of $250M to $255M based on the approved new salary cap figures.
Antetokounmpo, however, told reporters post-game that he won’t be requesting a trade after the Bucks were eliminated in game 5 of the 2nd round of the Eastern Conference playoffs by the Miami Heat.
“Some see a wall and go in another direction. I plow through it, We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season.” Giannis said.
Giannis Antetokounmpo still has an active contract with the Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are expected to be the busiest team this off-season as they’re committed to building and sustaining a championship roster around Antetokounmpo
Co-owner Lasry, Antetokounmpo and his agent, Alex Saratsis, discussed the Bucks’ season and disappointing finish and brainstormed on some personnel upgrades that could be available to the franchise in the off-season and are expected to talk further once Antetokounmpo returns from a vacation, sources said.
However, the decision on whether to sign an extension with the Bucks or enter the final year of his contract and be eligible for free agency is all Antetokounmpo’s to make and rival teams are closely monitoring the situation with Warriors and Blazers leading the way.
After owning the best regular-season record in the NBA for the last two seasons straight, the Bucks put off a poor performance in the playoffs yet again after Giannis suffered an ankle injury and missed parts of game 4 and the whole of game 5. They were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals in five games against Miami Heat.
They plan to bring back coach Mike Budenholzer and he will work with general manager Jon Horst and the franchise ownership on reshaping a roster that has played better basketball in the past two regular seasons than it has in the playoffs.
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