Bucks Reasons for staying: To understand what drives Antetokounmpo, one needs only to read his Twitter bio: “Family-Loyalty-Legacy.” This is someone who still appreciates that Milwaukee took a chance on him when he was just a raw, gangly teenager who’d never played above Greece’s second division. Unlike some other perennial All-Stars, Antetokounmpo feels no urge […]
“The basic assumption, if he decides to leave, is that Antetokounmpo will want to play in one of the NBA’s major markets on a contending team,” writes BR’s Eric Pincus. “That’s why Golden State, with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, is an obvious fit (at least on paper).”
With the Milwaukee Bucks facing elimination against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their second-round series, the team will have to keep its playoff hopes alive without its biggest star. Giannis Antetokounmpo has reportedly been ruled out for tonight’s game after suffering an injury in Game 4.
According to The Ringer, “multiple league sources” have claimed that the Clippers will try to acquire Antetokounmpo. The NBA superstar has one year left on his current deal, and is eligible for a huge extension this offseason. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
“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 […]
The Greek Freak literally bullied his way to the hoop against the Magic, elevated and smashed one home like it wasn’t a big deal at all. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
The Bucks can win this game and maybe extend the series long enough to get Antetokounmpo back (and make adjustments to get him flowing again). But each step will be difficult, starting with winning tonight without their best player.
Key trades backfired, too. The Bucks found a team will to deal a coveted future Lakers first-rounder (which became Mikal Bridges) for Brandon Knight and instead opted for Michael Carter-Williams in a three-way trade. Milwaukee dealt a first-rounder (which became OG Anunoby) and a second-rounder (which became Norman Powell) for Greivis Vasquez.
Antetokounmpo is eligible for a supermax extension this offseason, worth about $256 million (assuming the salary cap stays even for a couple of seasons). The Bucks are going to present him the offer, the question is, will he sign the contract, or wait to try and put pressure on the organization to improve?
Antetokounmpo played Game 4. If he feels the same way entering Game 5, he’ll play that, too. Antetokounmpo aggravated his injury and left Game 4. That showed he shouldn’t have been playing in the first place while feeling like this – especially with the Milwaukee Bucks down 3-0 or even 3-1 now. It seems Antetokounmpo […]