NBA Trade News: Giannis Antetokounmpo has until Dec. 21 to sign his supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks but said Wednesday his attention is elsewhere.
Antetokounmpo can make $228 million over five years with the new deal but could become a free agent next summer if he chooses not to sign.
“Right now, I am not focused on that. I am just trying to focus on myself,” he told reporters, per Malika Andrews of ESPN.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, when asked about his contract, says: “Right now, I am not focused on that. I am just trying to focus on myself.”
He adds that he is leaving those discussions to his agent, Alex Saratsis, and the front office.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) December 9, 2020
There is still no guarantee he signs the extension before the start of the season. Either way, Giannis hopes not to discuss it much going forward.
“I know this is big for the city of Milwaukee, the NBA world, and the media world. But I’m a private person,” he said, per Marc J. Spears of ESPN.
The player’s decision is certainly a significant one considering his impact on the court. Giannis has won the MVP award in each of the last two years, adding the Defensive Player of the Year award last season.
He finished 2019-20 averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game and is still improving at just 26 years old.
After leading the Bucks to the best record in the NBA the past two years, it’s clear whichever team he plays for next season will be a top contender.
The question is whether he can win a title in Milwaukee after disappointing playoff losses the last two years.
NBA Trade News: What has Milwaukee Bucks done to make Giannis Antetokounmpo stay?
Although Giannis Antetokuonmpo has not made any trade request this season, he has demanded the Bucks to build a team around him so they can win the NBA Championship together. And maybe the team management has finally listened to him.
“I don’t believe this is a ‘championship or bust’ situation. (But) nobody wants to win a championship more than me,” he said Wednesday, per Vince Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.
The Bucks’ owners ensured roster improvements to Antetokounmpo in a meeting after their five-game playoff exit to Miami. They have signed Jrue Holiday and almost acquired Bogdan Bogdanovic.
NBA Schedule: The tentative NBA schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:
• Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
• Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
• March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
• March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
• May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
• May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs