Milwaukee Bucks superstar small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to terms with sports nutrition maker Ready Nutrition in a deal that will grant the 2018-19 NBA MVP part ownership of the company, per Jabari Young of CNBC.
Ready Nutrition didn’t give an exact amount for Antetokounmpo’s investment but said it’s in the six-figure range, per Young:
“This is not an endorsement deal,” Giannis Antetokounmpo told CNBC of his first brand investment. “Obviously, I can help the brand and go out there and sell it to everybody, but this is not what this is. … this is a company I really believe in.
“I could go with Gatorade, I could go with BodyArmor, but at the end of the day Ready was the right fit for me.”
Antetokounmpo, one of the faces of the NBA, also talked to Young about basketball potentially returning in July or August.
Multiple reports have said the NBA could resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World. Antetokounmpo's Bucks had the best record in the league before games were suspended in March.
The Greek Freak thinks the NBA will only resume play if it's safe:
“I want to play basketball as long as it’s safe for me and my family. I think the NBA will do the right thing to prioritize our safety and our health. So, I’m going to leave it to the NBA to make the right decision.”
Before games were suspended, Giannis was averaging 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists for the Bucks. He was also shooting 54.7 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 63.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The reigning MVP was in prime opportunity to repeat when the season was put on hiatus, and that still very well could happen if play indeed resumes.