Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future: Why Warriors could still have a chance

Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t wait long to try quashing speculation about his future. Asked shortly after the Heat eliminated his Bucks in the playoffs Tuesday about the chances of him forcing his way onto another team this offseason, Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, “It’s not happening. That’s not happening. 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.” If that wasn’t just Antetokounmpo letting the emotions of the moment get to him and he’s serious about sticking with Milwaukee, he might want to sign the five-year, supermax extension the Bucks are expected to offer him. The deal is likely to be worth roughly $220 million — $80 million more than he could get with another franchise as a free agent in 2021. But should Antetokounmpo decline the supermax, the Bucks would have plenty of reasons to worry about being able to keep him long-term. Trading him for a package of assets would be far more palatable than letting him leave as an unrestricted free agent in 2021. If Milwaukee makes Antetokounmpo available in a trade, three teams —… Read full this story

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