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

Reasons for coming: In needing only five games to upset the Bucks in the conference semifinals, Miami made a strong case for Antetokounmpo’s services. This is a team that boasts a 23-year-old All-Star at center (Bam Adebayo), an unquestioned leader known for his work ethic (Jimmy Butler), a number of talented youngsters (Duncan Robinson, Tyler […]

Giannis Antetokounmpo on forcing trade this offseason, “It’s not happening. That’s not happening.”

“If winning a championship was easy, everyone would have one,” Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports. “We lost. Everyone saw that we lost. It’s disappointing, but what are we going to do? We’re going to keep working. I’ve got confidence in my teammates.”

Bucks took shortcut to contention around Giannis Antetokounmpo and came up short

His contract is set to expire in 2021. He could sign a five-year super-max extension this offseason, but the economic downturn caused by coronavirus adds uncertainty. Antetokounmpo could wait until 2021 free agency, when the same contract terms will be available to him with the Bucks (and other teams can offer deals).

Report: Clippers would be in mix for Giannis Antetokounmpo trade or free agency

“A deal” implies a trade. That is unlikely, and if it happens it is only because next season comes apart for Milwaukee, Antetokounmpo comes to GM Jon Horst and says he is not re-signing, and they have to make a move at the next trade deadline. Fans/talking heads will make the “you have to get […]

Report: Bucks insist they won’t trade Giannis Antetokounmpo

But unless Antetokounmpo says he plans to leave in free agency (which is technically different than a trade request), it’s probably a risk Milwaukee must take. And even in that scenario, the Bucks could keep him, try to win a title next year (which would be rewarding even if he leaves) and hope he changes […]

Report: Giannis Antetokounmpo met with Bucks ownership to discuss future

Antetokounmpo is about to be a two-time MVP entering his prime; he can essentially choose where he wants to play — every team in the league would do whatever it took to get him. For more than a year now, sources have told NBC Sports that Milwaukee is a heavy favorite to re-sign the Greek […]

Thunder, Donovan part ways after five seasons

“Lastly, I want to thank the Oklahoma City community for being so welcoming to my family during our time here. This place will always be special to us. I will always hold this organisation in the highest regard and wish the Thunder and their fans the success they deserve.”

Miami advances with hard-fought win, Milwaukee enters summer of uncertainty

Miami will advance to a series where they will match up well, the Heat were 2-1 against the Raptors this season and 1-2 against the Celtics (although comparing games in the pre-COVID-19 season to the bubble games is largely a waste). Jimmy Butler has been the MVP of the bubble so far, the Heat are […]

Report: Mike Budenholzer will return as Bucks’ coach

If Budenholzer is safe, it’s because Antetokounmpo wants him back. With the potential of his contract extension coming up, potentially followed by free agency (or a trade), Antetokounmpo has a lot of power in the organization. It’s not his style to wield it like LeBron James, but if the Milwaukee front office thought there was […]