Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to remain the talk around the league due to his lingering contract situation with the Milwaukee Bucks. Antetokounmpo has yet to move toward resolving his long-term future with the Bucks ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. The reigning NBA MVP is staying the course which his latest comments only further create doubt for the franchise.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s pending free agency
Over the last couple of offseasons, the focus around the Milwaukee Bucks remains on Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s long-term future.
Antetokounmpo is in the final year of his four-year, $100 million contract with no clue if he will sign an extension before his deal expires. Instead, the back-to-back NBA MVP has handled the situation by avoiding discussing it to an extensive degree.
The Bucks have operated through the abbreviated offseason behind the motivation to make a stronger case for him to re-sign. The front office didn’t hesitate to bring aboard star guard Jrue Holiday through a blockbuster trade to add to their core group.
The offseason moves have reverted the attention to the lingering situation to which Antetokounmpo has provided yet another concerning response.
Giannis Antetokounmpo remains non-committal concerning his Bucks’ future
Giannis Antetokounmpo has done a fine job of avoiding giving a detailed answer concerning his long-term status with the Milwaukee Bucks.
According to Scott Cacciola of The New York Times, Antetokounmpo has continued to stay that rigid course after his recent comments concerning the unresolved situation.
“I’m just focusing on basketball,” he said. “I do what I love. What I love is playing basketball. What I love is improving. What I love is helping my teammates. What I love is winning games. And off the court, about agents and contracts, I’m not focusing on that. Not that I don’t care about it. Obviously I care about it. It’s a very big decision in my life, and probably one of the biggest decisions I’m going to make. But I just let my agent focus on that.”
His comments express no desire to address the contract matter until he has to do so. Anthony Davis took the same approach with his contract situation with the LA Lakers throughout last season and let his actions this past offseason speak for themselves.
Antetokounmpo’s focus is securely toward competing for an NBA title, especially after the Bucks’ shortcomings in the playoffs the last few years. The Bucks have a supermax contact on the table worth north of $240 million, but there isn’t a sense of urgency from the star forward to accept that offer.
Milwaukee’s future remain in his hands
The Milwaukee Bucks are hard-pressed to expect an answer concerning Giannis Antetokounmpo’s contract situation any time soon.
Antetokounmpo’s comments present the sense that he wants to let the situation play out this upcoming season. After the 2020-21 campaign, the franchise’s direction will give him the information necessary to make his long-awaited decision.
Other potential suitors such as the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors, and Dallas Mavericks will be there to make their pitch. Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo holds the Bucks’ future in his hands, which makes his decision quite pivotal to the league’s landscape moving forward.
The Bucks at his will, which makes the contract situation that much more intriguing around the NBA. The pressure is on Milwaukee to keep their star, and how this upcoming season will be the deciding factor.