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Bucks fined $50,000 for comments about offering supermax to Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have received a $50,000 fine for a violation of league rules governing timing of player contract comments. General manager Jon Horst recently said publicly the Bucks will offer superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo a supermax contract next summer:

Was this fine really necessary? If a team general manager can’t even talk about his own player now, then maybe we need to revise the NBA rule book.

Giannis Antetokounmpo will make $25.8 million this upcoming season. If he doesn’t sign the supermax extension with the Bucks next summer, he would become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

Antetokounmpo has said multiple times he doesn’t like big-market cities and loves playing in Milwaukee. Bucks fans are hoping their MVP stays in town for the rest of his NBA career. Giannis averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game in 2018-19 while shooting 57.8 percent from the floor and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The Bucks lost to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals in six games. Now that Kawhi Leonard is in the Western Conference, though, many believe Milwaukee has a great shot at winning the East next season.

If Antetokounmpo can develop a consistent jumper, he has a good chance of becoming the best player in the NBA for the next decade and leading the Bucks to a championship.