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Does shortened NBA offseason impact Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free agency decision?

The Milwaukee Bucks are essentially at the mercy of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis can sign a supermax contract this NBA offseason and remain with the Bucks for the next five years or he could become a free agent at the end of next season. Reports are now saying next season may start at the end of December, making this one of the shortest offseasons ever.

On the daily Locked On Bucks Podcast, host Kane Pitman discusses how a shortened NBA offseason could complicate Giannis’ looming free agency decision.

Kane Pitman: When we talk about the shortened offseason, what does that mean for Giannis and signing an extension? Maybe nothing, if he’s already made a decision, then maybe it means nothing and there’s nothing to worry about there. I do have some concern that this would maybe complicate the situation too much. We know once the season starts, he’s not going to want to talk about contracts. He’s not going to want to have that out there and he’s not going to provide any comments on it, certainly to us in the media. I think there’s a couple of things that can play out here with the compressed offseason along with the fact that he’s not actually eligible to sign that extension just yet. That time period is going to come very close to the season.

I do wonder whether this is going to impact his decision this offseason because clearly, the best-case scenario for the Bucks is if Giannis signs any type of extension. I’ve said this plenty of times, but supermax would be unbelievable, but any type of extension, I want it. Give me that two plus one, I’ll take a one plus one, I don’t really care. Give us another two years of Giannis when you include next year, obviously under contract as well. So any type of extension I’m all in on. I do have some sort of fear that this would complicate that.