Giannis Antetokounmpo now eligible to sign largest contract in NBA history with Bucks in 2020
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was the headliner of the All-NBA First Team, which was announced by the league on Wednesday. But him being part of the first team selection is more than just about what he did this season.
It’s also about what it could do for his career in 2020.
Antetokounmpo is now eligible to sign the wealthiest contract in NBA history once he becomes a free agent two years from now.
Earning All-NBA for a second consecutive season now has Giannis Antetokounmpo eligible in the summer of 2020 to sign the largest contract in NBA history. The five-year extension starting in 2021-22 would be worth $247.3M and carry a $42.6, $46.0, $49.5, $52.9 and $56.3M cap hit.
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Giannis averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists this season. He’s also shot the ball at an astounding 57 percent from the field. He was chosen as the captain of the Eastern Conference All-Star and is currently leading the Bucks in a tightly contested conference finals series with the Toronto Raptors.
If the Greek Freak lands that contract, he will be the fourth player in NBA history to sign a deal that’s more than $200+ million, joining Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry (five years, $201 million), Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (five years, $205 million), and Houston Rockets’ James Harden (six years, $228 million).
Antetokounmpo will only be 26 years old in 2020.
The hardships of Antetokounmpo’s upbringing in Greece have been well documented. From selling random stuff to people in the streets of Brazil, to not having enough money to buy basketball shoes, he’s now starting to become the face of the biggest and most prominent basketball league in the world.
What a success story.
You can watch one of Giannis’ untold stories here.