It marks yet another season where Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have fallen short in the playoffs. It immediately shifts the attention over to Antetokounmpo’s long-term future with Milwaukee as he’s entering his contract’s final year. There has been no shortage of chatter around the situation, which he has quickly ruled out one scenario that should have Bucks fans happy to hear.
Bucks fall short in the playoffs
The Bucks entered the playoffs with high aspirations of competing for an NBA title.
However, the Miami Heats crushed their hopes in the Eastern Conference semifinals after falling in a gentlemen’s 4-1 sweep. It was a series that was thoroughly dominated by the Heat behind their balanced play on both ends of the floor that saw the Bucks struggle to respond effectively.
Things hit a rough patch during Game 4 with Giannis Antetokounmpo suffering an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for Game 5. The Bucks’ disappointing departure from the playoffs now shifts the attention over to Antetokounmpo’s long-term future. With that in mind, he has already thrown out the window one possibility regarding next season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo says he won’t demand a trade
The Bucks have continued to get the short end of the stick in the playoffs falling short of reaching the NBA Finals.
It has moved the conversation over to Giannis Antetokoumpo’s contract situation as he set to enter the final year of his four-year, $100 deal next season. That alone has put plenty of scenarios on the table, which the likely back-to-back MVP voiced that he isn’t going to demand a trade from the Bucks, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
“It’s not happening. That’s not happening,” Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports after the Bucks were eliminated in five games in the second round by the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.
“Some see a wall and go in [another direction]. I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season.”
There is certainly much that can change from now until the start of next season, but it’s clear that asking for a trade isn’t a route that will be taken. Antetokounmpo’s pride is likely what pushes him away from entertaining that option, while his desire to bring Milwaukee an NBA title may be the driving factor.
These comments should certainly calm Bucks fans’ nerves a bit. What will be interesting to see unfold is what he plans to do over the offseason ahead of the next campaign.
What will he do?
Giannis Antetokounmpo has full control of his long-term future with the Bucks moving forward.
Milwaukee possesses the option in the upcoming offseason of offering him a super-max deal worth an estimated $221.6 million over five years. It’s $80 million more than any offer he can fetch for another franchise that would top out at $140.8 million over four years. Antetokounmpo’s decision alone on that front will indicate his plans well beyond his current deal’s final year.
If he rejects the offer, it would demonstrate that he is interested in exploring his options in the open market. Ultimately, the pressure is on the Bucks to provide him a situation where he feels most confident about winning an NBA title. It’s up to the front office to put together a roster that can compete for much more than an Eastern Conference semifinals appearance.