How repeating as MVP affects Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future contract options
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo just bagged his second consecutive MVP award. The 25-year-old had a tremendous season with the Bucks, and has since been rewarded with the Most Valuable Player title for the second year running.
That’s not the only reward Giannis will receive now that his MVP win is official. Bobby Marks of ESPN details how this recent development has just made the Greek Freak officially eligible for a supermax deal:
To simplify his options in Milwaukee:
1. Super max extension in 2020
2. Super max contract in 2021
3. Super max contract in 2022 (if he signs a 1 year contract and elects to become a FA in 2022) https://t.co/0JH34SMvOD
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) September 18, 2020
In layman’s terms, Giannis is in store for an enormous and potentially record-breaking new deal with the Bucks. The big question now is, will he put pen to paper? And if so, when?
Antetokounmpo is entering the final year of his current deal, and he has earlier expressed his desire to remain in Milwaukee despite a disappointing end to their 2019-20 campaign. For their part, the Bucks are fully expected to offer him a supermax extension as soon as humanly possible. However, until that’s official anything can still happen.
As Marks expressed above, Giannis can actually get himself more money if he opts for a 1+1 deal this offseason. That is, he signs a one-year extension to his current contract, which will make him a free agent by 2022. Should he decided to sign a new deal by then, he would be eligible for a whopping 35% of Milwaukee’s cap space.
While nothing is guaranteed at this point, the one thing we can say without a shadow of a doubt is that it’s good to be Giannis right now. He has placed himself in a tremendous position to dictate his own future, and pretty much that of the rest of the league as well. He absolutely deserves it, so our congratulations go out to you, sir.