Bucks not concerned with players recruiting Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo can be one of the most prized free agents in sports history in 2021, and the Bucks will have to compete against a slew of big-market suitors for his supermax deal.
Of the many unprecedented wrinkles of the situation in Orlando is the proximity teams will have to one another, potentially opening up opportunities for intra-bubble tampering. Yet, the Bucks have “zero” concerns about opposing players giving Antetokounmpo informal recruiting pitches.
“We can only control what we can control,” Bucks GM Jon Horst told ESPN. “If it’s considered tampering or recruiting or whatever it is, in our league people talk, people are connected, people have relationships…I have full confidence in my personal relationship, our league’s relationship, our coach’s relationship, his teammate’s relationship with Giannis in what we’re doing and what we’re about.
Of course, the best case the Bucks can make is by winning a championship, and they’ll (presumably) have a chance to put two rings on Antetokounmpo’s fingers between now and his free agency.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe raised a possible limitation in Milwaukee’s future pitch for Antetokounmpo, noting that the current iteration of the Bucks that has recently become a true contender is sneaky old. “The Bucks feel new but they actually lean old. If I’m Giannis, I’m looking around [at the ages on the team] and this team has got to win now. It’s not a team that has an enormous amount of time left in their prime.”
For now, Antetokounmpo is bring a healthy perspective to Florida—and doesn’t seem to mind the temporary digs at the Wide World of Sports.
“I’m extremely blessed and I cannot complain,” Antetokounpo said, acknowledging his humble beginnings in Greece. “Hopefully, this pandemic never happens again…but at the end of the day, this is part of history, so just being able to be here, participate in this…trying to enjoy every moment, trying to enjoy basketball. I’m happy that we’re back playing basketball, something that I love doing, so there’s nothing really to complain about.”