Bucks GM Jon Horst addresses Giannis Antetokounmpo’s long-term contract situation
After coming out with an MVP-winning campaign to lead his Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the league last season, it was only inevitable that the future of Giannis Antetokoumpo became the hottest topic of conversation within the Bucks organization.
In a recent town hall open forum courtesy of FOX Sports Wisconsin, Bucks general manager Jon Horst addressed this burning issue. The high-ranking executive started off by saying that the Bucks have every intention of offering Giannis a supermax extension once he becomes eligible after this season:
“First of all, the answer for now is that we can’t talk and negotiate anything. So Giannis, basically, a year from now will be eligible for a supermax extension. At that time, of course, he will be offered a supermax extension.”
Horst then went on to explain how he and the rest of the team’s front office are doing everything in their power to make life as comfortable as possible for Giannis in Milwaukee, with the end goal of having him as the team’s cornerstone superstar for a very long time:
“Bud and I talk about this all the time. It’s our responsibility to create an environment, a culture, a basketball organization where our players want to come to work everyday, players that they want to play with everyday, and they want to win at the highest level. And we’ve taken great steps towards that last year. We’ve continued to build on that. We’re going to continue to build on that. I think we all fully believe that if we continue to put the right things in place and give Giannis the right opportunities — he loves Milwaukee, he loves the state of Wisconsin — I think he’ll be a Buck for a long time.”
Antetokoumpo will be entering the third year of his current four-year deal this season, and as Horst clearly stated, it’s going to be a very lucrative offseason for the 24-year-old next summer.