Bam Adebayo claims he hasn’t spoken to Giannis Antetokounmpo about extension
Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo has reportedly not spoken to Giannis Antetokounmpo following his massive new deal with the Heat. The 23-year old big man signed a five-year, $163 million extension on Tuesday, keeping him in South Beach for the foreseeable future.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman, Adebayo hasn’t had any contact with the Greek Freak as rumors continue to swirl where Antetokounmpo could end up over the next number of months.
Bam says he has not spoken with Giannis. “I don’t know his intentions.”
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) November 24, 2020
Antetokounmpo and Adebayo have the same agent, Octagon’s Alex Saratsis, which has led some to question whether Adebayo’s extension getting done now signals Antetokounmpo will eventually sign an extension with Milwaukee as well. But another executive in the East claims that if the Greek Freak wants a move to South Beach, it will happen, per HoopsHype.
“I think they are totally separate decisions,” one Eastern Conference executive told HoopsHype. “If Giannis wants to go to Miami, he will find a way to get to Miami. I think, if anything, they want to keep that agent happy, and if he wants Bam extended, you do it. Miami has always been creative in finding ways to get things done. The bottom line is you have to do right by your players first. He’s not in a position to risk injury and could affect how he feels about the team long-term if they do not take care of him now.”
Another agent though claims that the two superstars definitely had some form of communication after Adebayo’s new deal, whether it was directly or through their representation, per HoopsHype.
“For sure, he let him know,” the agent surmised. “I’m sure Giannis is going to get his extension.”
At this point, the only way the Heat can acquire Antetokounmpo would be through a trade during the season, or in a sign and trade deal in 2021 free agency. If they somehow lure him to Miami, it would give Erik Spoelstra an outstanding core consisting of Jimmy Butler, Antetokounmpo, Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, and Duncan Robinson, among others.
With such a talented group around him, it could persuade the Bucks star to make the move. Only time will tell.