This has been reported a number of occasions on nearly each media platform possible — together with right here at NBC Sports activities by our sources, as not too long ago as Right this moment’s NBA Energy Rankings — however let’s go over it yet another time:
A number of sources have emphatically mentioned Milwaukee is not going to look to commerce Antetokounmpo if he passes on the extension. As an alternative, the Bucks will attempt to enhance their roster and use the subsequent 12 months to indicate Antetokounmpo why he ought to keep.
Ready would give Antetokounmpo most leverage over Milwaukee over the subsequent 12 months.
Count on him to go this route. It’s proper out of the LeBron James/Wealthy Paul playbook of retaining the strain on the small- to mid-market crew to maintain including to the roster and making enhancements. Even when he has each intention of staying in Milwaukee — and I’ve heard from sources that imagine that’s the case — there’s knowledge in retaining choices open and strain on the group.
Antetokounmpo met with Buck possession and administration proper after the season ended, and by all accounts everybody left that assembly on the identical web page. The Bucks informed the Greek Freak they might pay the tax to contend.
The Bucks can supply more cash than every other crew — the supermax can be value 35% of the wage cap (no matter that finally ends up being) for 5 years. Earlier than the pandemic, that was estimated to be a $254 million contract, it could be much less now. No different crew can supply extra him than 30% of the cap for 4 years. Additionally, Milwaukee is the one dwelling he has identified in the US; it’s the primary place he and his household have ever lived and felt secure. His son is also in Milwaukee. There are loads of causes for him to remain.
If in the course of subsequent season Giannis Antetokounmpo walked into Bucks administration and mentioned, “there is no such thing as a probability I an re-signing right here, commerce me,” they might be compelled to, however till that occurs — and, once more, it hasn’t occurred and that isn’t actually Antetokounmpo’s model — Milwaukee is not going to commerce him.
The NBA has turn out to be as a lot or extra concerning the participant motion, the crew constructing, and the sport’s tradition as it’s the recreation itself. Followers thirst for rumors and participant drama, and are all the time in search of the subsequent massive factor — and Antetokounmpo could possibly be the subsequent massive participant to maneuver. Perhaps.
Simply don’t wager on the Bucks buying and selling him.
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