The Milwaukee Bucks offered Giannis Antetokounmpo his max extension supply simply days earlier than buying and selling for Damian Lillard, in keeping with sources. Final Friday, the two-time MVP turned eligible for a three-year, $186.6 million extension.
If the Bucks star waits till subsequent offseason to signal a brand new deal, the 2021 NBA champ might ink a four-year deal value as a lot as $260 million. Extra importantly, there’s no phrase but on whether or not the Greek Freak signed his extension supply.
“The Bucks delivered the max, three-year extension to Antetokounmpo in latest days, league sources say, and it’s instantly unclear how he and his representatives will rethink a possible deal now versus ready to judge after the season,” reported The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick.
After the Lillard commerce, NBA betting sites have the Milwaukee Bucks because the No. 1 favourite to win subsequent season’s 2024 championship. Sportsbooks nonetheless present the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and Phoenix Suns with nice odds.
The Bucks felt immense strain to make a seismic change, due to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s unsure long-term standing with the group.
With Milwaukee touchdown Lillard, don’t be shocked if we see Giannis signal a large extension very quickly.
Giannis formally turned… pic.twitter.com/PWtlXPIrGO
— Evan Sidery (@esidery) September 27, 2023
Giannis Antetokounmpo earned $42.49 million final season and is slated to make $45.64 million in 2023-24. That is a part of the five-year, $228.2 million contract extension he signed with the Bucks in December 2020.
Throughout this offseason, Antetokounmpo doubled down on his most important purpose coming into his eleventh NBA season — to win extra championships. The seven-time All-Star is keen to depart Milwaukee in an effort to make his dream potential.
Milwaukee Bucks supplied Giannis Antetokounmpo his max extension supply days previous to the Damian Lillard commerce; the Greek Freak is eligible to signal a three-year, $186.6 million extension
“I’m a Milwaukee Buck, however most significantly I’m a winner,” Antetokounmpo just lately stated on the “48 Minutes” podcast. “I need to win. I’ve to do no matter it takes for me to win and if there’s a greater state of affairs for me to win the Larry O’Brien [Trophy], I’ve to take that higher state of affairs.”
After the Lillard commerce, that “higher state of affairs” must be Milwaukee. On Wednesday, the Portland Trail Blazers traded Lillard to the Bucks in a three-team cope with the Phoenix Suns.
Portland acquired Deandre Ayton, Jrue Vacation, Toumani Camara, a 2029 unprotected first-round draft choose, and unprotected Milwaukee swap rights in 2028 and 2030. Phoenix landed Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little, and Keon Johnson.
The official unveiling of Damian Lillard’s new Bucks jersey. pic.twitter.com/jqKImYAsPr
— ESPN Milwaukee (@ESPNMilwaukee) September 28, 2023
Final season, Antetokounmpo led the NBA in free throw makes an attempt (772) and utilization share (38.8%). Plus, the wing completed fifth in factors (1,959), ninth in complete rebounds (742), seventh in free throws (498), eleventh in defensive win shares (3.7), third in defensive field plus/minus (2.7), and second in defensive score (107.8).
The seven-time All-NBA member was the one participant within the 2022-23 season to be named unanimous All-NBA First Crew. To not point out, he turned the primary participant during the last 50 years to obtain this honor by a unanimous vote in 5 straight seasons. The ahead acquired all 100 first-place votes.