Bucks owner Marc Lasry confident stable ownership, culture will help keep Giannis Antetokounmpo despite Raptors rumors
The Toronto Raptors have already started to kick the tires on their attempt to woo Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in free agency, ensuring there’s enough cap space to make him a max-level offer in 2021.
Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry is confident that the machine the franchise has built in the last few years will be enough to dissuade The Greek Freak from going elsewhere two years down the road:
“That’s great,” Lasry told Sam Amick of The Athletic regarding recent rumors linking the Raptors’ deep interest in his star player. “Whether it sounds dumb or not, I’m very comfortable with the relationship that we have with everybody on this team. And I think at the end of the day, what players want is stable ownership. They want a culture which is focused on winning. They want a coach who they respect. They want to play in a city that they love. It’s what we all want.
“Let’s be serious. You just want consistency, and you want to know that what you’re being told is reality. So I think as long as we do what we’re supposed to do, everything is going to be fine.”
Lasry and the rest of Bucks ownership is banking on the fact the franchise has done everything in its power to please Antetokounmpo, from signing best friend Khris Middleton this summer to ensuring the two were involved in the hiring of new coach Mike Budenholzer after the firing of Jason Kidd.
The Bucks will take their chances against any team by betting that their culture is enough to keep Antetokounmpo happy and willing to re-sign there once he’s up for the biggest deal of his lifetime.