Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo unfollows all teammates on social media
Dionysis Aravantinos of HoopsHype noted the “Greek Freak” has distanced himself from everything Bucks on social media — though he only follows nine people in total.
Giannis Antetokounmpo unfollowed ALL of his Bucks teammates on Instagram. He’s only following 9 people.
— Dionysis Aravantinos (@AravantinosDA) September 12, 2020
Of course, this is likely to be a storyline given Milwaukee’s early exit as well as Giannis’ impending free agency at the end of next year.
Realistically, however, it probably means very little.
Antetokounmpo denied the possibility he would seek a trade in the offseason following the team’s Game 5 loss to Miami:
“It’s not happening. That’s not happening,” Antetokounmpo said, via Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “Some see a wall and go in [another direction]. I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season.”
Giannis is not quite like other superstars around the league. While he is charismatic, he is also very introspective.
Antetokounmpo has long said he would rather not socialize or be friends with other stars, instead hoping to compete against and beat them on the court.
It seems this is more likely Giannis’ way of disconnecting for a little bit as the Bucks enter the offseason in earnest.
Granted, the speculation is sure to continue. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in trading for Antetokounmpo, who is also sure to have any number of suitors should he hit the open market.
Alternatively, it is possible the Bucks–as O’Connor also noted–trade for a star such as Chris Paul.
In any case, Antetokounmpo is unplugging — at least for now.