Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo teases staying in Milwaukee ‘for the next 15 years’
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo just repeated as MVP, but there’s still plenty of speculation about his future with the franchise after a disappointing second-round playoff exit. The Greek Freak is currently set to hit free agency in 2021, and the latest playoff struggles have led some to believe he may go looking for greener pastures.
Antetokounmpo has never really hinted at leaving (unfollowing the Bucks and teammates on Instagram doesn’t count), even saying right after the playoff loss that he wouldn’t request a trade this offseason. He also recently tweeted excitement about next season in Milwaukee. When asked about his future during an interview with Ernie Johnson on NBA TV, Giannis again teased the possibility of him sticking around for a while:
“As long as everybody’s fighting for the same thing … which is to be a champion, I don’t see why not to be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years.”
— ESPN (@espn) September 18, 2020
15 years is obviously a long time, and nobody should hold Giannis Antetokounmpo to his word on this one. On the other hand, perhaps he really does want to be like Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan by staying with one team his entire career.
Giannis recently sat down with Bucks ownership for a lengthy meeting to discuss the season and the future. Milwaukee will offer a supermax contract extension this offseason at the first opportunity, and the franchise is reportedly confident he’ll sign it. While he has talked about staying in Milwaukee next season and has expressed a desire to stay for the long haul, it’s still unclear if he’ll actually put pen to paper on a deal this offseason or if he’ll hit free agency in 2021.
This could depend on what the Bucks do this offseason. They need to make some tweaks after falling short of the NBA Finals two years in a row despite holding the best record in the league. While some of the blame for these failures falls on Giannis because he’s the MVP and has flaws that can be exploited in the playoffs, he could also use more consistent help in the postseason.
The Bucks and their fans have to like hearing their superstar talk about staying in Milwaukee his whole career. Talk can be cheap, though, and the franchise will have to work to secure Giannis Antetokounmpo’s commitment.