The prominent discussion around the Milwaukee Bucks is all centered on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s long-term future. There has yet to be any clarity about what Antetokounmpo will do concerning his next contract with the franchise. All that has ramped up another notch after what the star forward just did.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future with the Bucks
The Bucks entered the 2020 playoffs with eyes toward securing an NBA title with Giannis Antetokoumnpo leading the charge.
However, Milwaukee fell short in convincing fashion in five games to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. It has quickly moved the discussion over to Antetokounmpo’s long-term future with the franchise. He’s set to enter the final year of his four-year, $100 million deal next season.
It has pushed forward the conversation that he may begin to seriously entertain the possibility of playing elsewhere. Antetokounmpo has already voiced that he won’t ask for a trade, but it’s hard to ignore his contract status with the potential to hit free agency in 2021.
The Bucks have the chance to offer a super-max contract expected to be worth $221.6 million over five years in the upcoming offseason. There isn’t any clarity if he will accept that deal despite potentially missing out on $80 million if he elects to sign elsewhere in free agency. That said, there is another reason why Bucks fans are growing concerned.
Giannis Antetokounmpo unfollows Bucks and teammates on Instagram
With Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future with the Bucks in question, it has put a heightened focus on any action he does moving forward.
What has quickly caught Bucks fans’ eyes is his decision to unfollow the Milwaukee Bucks and his teammates on Instagram. Antetokounmpo now only follows nine accounts with that consisting of his family on the social media platform.
It’s certainly overblowing the situation to jump to the assumption that he is considering leaving the Bucks. What he decides to do concerning his tenure with the franchise shouldn’t be linked to his choices on social media. If anything, it signals his desire to limit his scope on Instagram and not affiliate with rumors and chatter concerning his NBA future.
It could also suggest that Antetokounmpo is taking a more serious approach to his future in Milwaukee. In many ways, he has complete control of what lies ahead in terms of his next contract. Only time will tell, but his social media decisions shouldn’t lead Bucks fans to worry.
Much to unfold ahead in Milwaukee
The Bucks fell short of competing for an NBA title, which has quickly shifted their gears toward putting together a stronger roster.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s current contract situation only further heightens that needed effort as he nears the end of his deal. It has led Bucks ownership to speak with the star forward for three hours to get a better sense of direction.
It’s being reported that co-owner Marc Lasry committed to going over the luxury tax to build a more formidable roster around Antetokounmpo to compete for an NBA title. The 25-year-old holds the franchise’s future in his hands, making the ownership’s commitment to spend the necessary move to help keep him in the fold. Ownership will talk with Antetokounmpo again once he returns from his vacation.
Only time will tell what that will mean for the Bucks’ front office moving forward, but a game plan is beginning to take form for the upcoming offseason.