RUMOR: Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future plans with Bucks, according to NBA agents
There is a lot of chatter regarding Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future with the Milwaukee Bucks. Rumors have been appearing left and right on potential landing spots for the reigning two-time MVP should the Bucks fail to win a championship in their all-important 2020-21 season.
However, the consensus among NBA executives believes that The Greek Freak will stay in Milwaukee past this upcoming season. Bleacher Report conducted a survey of anonymous agents around the league. In the survey, an overwhelming 18 out of 19 reps believe Antetokounmpo sticks around with the team that he’s only known in his NBA career.
Below are some of the answers about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future from the survey:
“Everything he says publicly is that he’s staying. I tend to believe, but I know these things can change quickly. These are humans, not machines; 70% chance he stays, but he’s waiting to see what they do.”
“Any other player in the NBA at his level I’d say no, but him, he stays.”
“I think he stays. I’m hopeful he does. It’s good for the league.”
“I think he’s just going to play this contract out for next year, and then he’s going to give Milwaukee every opportunity to build talent around him. I think his natural inclination would be to stay and I think most of the pressure would be from the exterior that he’s going to react to. People think that he’s in a better place. The other part is he’s going to have to shoot the ball better. But they’ve got to get some shooters around him, that’s for sure.”
“I see him in New York. I think you can’t just be that bad forever. I think he stays in Milwaukee, honestly, but if I had to bet, I would bet that he goes somewhere else. And I would bet he goes somewhere with big marketability.”
“I don’t think he’s a person that leaves. He’s the two-time MVP. It’s not really a stretch to say he’s the type of guy that wants a team built around him and he isn’t going to go some place to be somebody’s helper in that situation. He’s going to make people come to him and help him there and it’s a quarter billion dollars potentially that we’re talking about here.”
“Everything that’s going to happen in the basketball economy and the world, that contract is going to be something very difficult to turn down, and you can also see his path to success. It’s not that difficult. It’s not like he’s John Wall in Washington. You could make the argument that it’s wide open right now. In Milwaukee you have the hard part figured out, and now you just have to enhance what you have around him. I don’t think he leaves. I don’t think he’ll be rushed into thinking he leaves.”
Certainly, each of them has their own opinion, but ultimately, almost all of them boil down to the same conclusion: they don’t think Giannis Antetokounmpo will leave Milwaukee high and dry next summer.
Some think Giannis isn’t the type of star to do so. Meanwhile, others believe that while it’s likely Antetokounmpo stays, the Bucks still need some work to do to get him to sign on the dotted line.
As mentioned, this upcoming 2020-21 season should be a critical all-in campaign for the Bucks. Certainly, winning a championship would get the MVP and DPOY to stay. The Bucks should do everything they can to make sure that happens.