One of the underlying storylines that have continued to draw attention has been star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s long-term future with the Milwaukee Bucks, as he’s two years from potentially hitting the free-agent market. That has put question marks on whether Antetokounmpo is getting closer to the end of his tenure in Milwaukee. It has once again become a prominent topic after what looked like Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry attempting to recruit the reigning league MVP on the court.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future with the Bucks
Over the last few seasons, the Bucks have become a powerhouse in the NBA behind the stellar play of Antetokounmpo leading the charge. He has progressively developed into one of the league’s top talents that is a game-changing talent on both ends of the floor.
It has made his currently four-year, $100 million deal look like a steal as he’s playing well beyond that worth. At the same time, he’s now in the third of that deal that runs through the 2020-21 season. The further along he has moved in his current contract, the more attention it has brought to whether he will remain with the franchise for the long haul well beyond it.
Antetokounmpo has taken the approach not to discuss his contract situation, which has only put that on the backburners for it to arise in a much higher degree, the closer he moves towards free agency. That said, the conversation was sparked again after the Bucks played the Warriors on Wednesday night.
Stephen Curry recruiting Giannis Antetokounmpo?
The Warriors’ two-time league MVP has been out of the lineup since late October, but that hasn’t stopped him from making off the court around the team.
The 2019-20 season is heading towards the Warriors falling well short of the playoffs, but that hasn’t stopped Curry from thinking ahead. During Wednesday’s contest against the Bucks, he had appeared to be telling Antetokounmpo, something that many have interpreted as trying to recruit the star forward.
It was also noted that Curry had given him a signed jersey after the game that reporters saw next to him in the visitors’ locker room during his postgame interview. That is quite a leap to make from the on-court interaction between the two star players, but it’s hard not to go down that route given that the Warriors had previously convinced another elite player in the mix with Kevin Durant a few years ago.
Meanwhile, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports has reported that Curry informed him that wasn’t exactly the conversation the two were having on the court. Instead, it was about them playing with each other on the video game PUBG and had nothing to do with the NBA.
Nonetheless, Golden State has also been rumored to have eyes on potentially making a run at Antetokounmpo if he were to hit free agency. There is much that could change in the next two years, but the Warriors will be in the picture if the scenario presents itself.
Bucks are prepared to go all-in to keep Giannis
The Bucks are well aware of the strong possibility that Antetokounmpo will enter the free-agent market once his contract expires.
Milwaukee has known that for quite some time, which is something that they are prepared to address when it is appropriate to do so with their star forward. General manager Jon Horst has already been fined $50,000 for suggesting that the team will offer Antetokounmpo the super-max contract that could be worth nearly $250 million over five years.
Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo has also touched upon that if Milwaukee can provide him the best chance to win, that may play a notable factor in him staying with the organization. He has also stated that playing a big market doesn’t appeal to him.
Ultimately, it’s a situation that the Bucks will keep close tabs on as his free agency draws closer as it will a significant impact on the future of the franchise.