Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s reigning two-time Most Precious Participant, has signed a multiyear extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, the staff introduced.
Antetokounmpo’s agent, Alex Saratsis, advised ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that it is going to be for the complete five-year, $228 million supermax, together with an opt-out after the fourth 12 months.
“That is my house, that is my metropolis,” Giannis Antetokounmpo posted on Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday. “I am blessed to have the ability to be part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the following 5 years. Let’s make these years depend. The present goes on, let’s get it.”
That is my house, that is my metropolis.. I’m blessed to have the ability to be part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the following 5 years. Let’s make these years depend. The present goes on, let’s get it. 🤎🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/895tCBE9RK
— Giannis Ugo Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) December 15, 2020
Had he handed on the supply, he would have been an unrestricted free agent subsequent summer time and the largest title to hit the market since Kevin Durant in 2016.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is coming off a profession 12 months wherein he turned simply the third participant in league historical past to win MVP and Defensive Participant of the 12 months in the identical season, becoming a member of Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon. He additionally averaged profession highs in factors (29.5) and rebounds (13.6) to go together with 5.6 assists per recreation and a 31.9 participant effectivity ranking — the best in a season in NBA historical past, per ESPN Stats & Info information.
“It is a huge second for me and my household and I wish to thank the Bucks group for believing in us,” Antetokounmpo stated in a press release Tuesday after the signing was official. “You took an opportunity on us eight years in the past and now placing my signature on a contract like that is unreal.”
Milwaukee has completed the common season with the very best file within the league every of the previous two years, but it surely failed to achieve the NBA Finals both time. In 2019, the Bucks took a 2-0 lead over the Toronto Raptors within the convention finals earlier than shedding in six video games. This previous season, Milwaukee did not get that far, falling to the Miami Warmth in 5 video games throughout the semifinals within the Orlando bubble.
For all their regular-season success, the Bucks have reached the convention finals simply as soon as in Antetokounmpo’s seven-year tenure and have not reached the NBA Finals since 1974 with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who finally requested to be traded from Milwaukee Bucks after his sixth season as a three-time league MVP.
“I believe [Antetokounmpo] ought to look into his personal coronary heart and decide based mostly on what’s essential to him and his skilled life,” Abdul-Jabbar, who led the Bucks to their lone title in 1971, stated to ESPN throughout a October 2019 journey to Milwaukee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was a relative unknown when the Bucks made him the No. 15 total choose within the 2013 NBA draft. Born in Greece to Nigerian dad and mom, Antetokounmpo was enjoying in Greece’s second division earlier than becoming a member of Milwaukee. He averaged simply 6.8 factors per recreation as a rookie, beginning 23 video games, however by his third 12 months, his scoring common was as much as 16.9 and he earned Most Improved Participant honors. The subsequent 12 months, he made the primary of his 4 All-Star appearances.
Milwaukee Bucks reached the playoffs thrice in Antetokounmpo’s first 5 seasons with the staff, however was eradicated within the first spherical every time. In 2018-19, Antetokounmpo ascended to being named the league’s MVP, changing into the primary Bucks participant since Abdul-Jabbar to win the award whereas main the staff to its first playoff-series win since 2001.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has improved his scoring common each season he is been within the league, reaching 29.5 final season, when he turned the primary participant since Wilt Chamberlain to common not less than 29 factors, 13 rebounds and 5 assists over the course of a season. Nevertheless, his focus has remained profitable that elusive championship.
“It is easy. You have to be higher than what you had been final 12 months. In the event you didn’t win the entire thing, you have to get higher,” Antetokounmpo stated throughout his September digital information convention after accepting his MVP trophy. “In the event you win the entire thing, you have to get higher and do it once more.”
With groups across the NBA clearing salary-cap house within the hopes of pursuing Antetokounmpo subsequent summer time, Milwaukee entered a important offseason hoping to influence its finest participant since Abdul-Jabbar to remain by placing collectively a stable supporting forged.
“Giannis is a as soon as in a era participant and we’re past excited for him to stay with the Bucks,” Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan stated in a press release. “Giannis positively impacts everybody round him on and off the court docket and he brings a staggering dedication to profitable and management to our group. His work ethic and need to be the very best epitomize what the Bucks stand for and what our future holds.
“We thank Giannis and his household for his or her long-term dedication to Milwaukee Bucks and we sit up for a few years of success. It is a momentous day for the Bucks, our followers and the state of Wisconsin.”
Earlier than free company, the Bucks agreed to a commerce that introduced in former All-Star Jrue Vacation as a part of a four-team deal. A reported commerce that might have introduced Bogdan Bogdanovic to Milwaukee Bucks as a part of a sign-and-trade deal fell aside, and the Bucks pivoted to bolstering their bench, including D.J. Augustin, Bryn Forbes and Torrey Craig whereas re-signing guard Pat Connaughton.
The Bucks additionally added rookie Jordan Nwora with the No. 45 choose within the draft. Antetokounmpo and All-Star guard Khris Middleton each reached out to the previous Louisville ahead on draft night time with an introductory textual content message, he stated, welcoming him to the staff and telling him that the “objective is a championship right here.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo, who turned 26 on Dec. 6, joined Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James this season as the one gamers to win a number of NBA MVP awards by age 25. He is repeatedly expressed curiosity in staying in Milwaukee beneath the best circumstances.
“I have been inspired my complete profession in Milwaukee,” Antetokounmpo stated after profitable his second MVP. “I do know that we have gotten higher annually, and I do know that Milwaukee has nice those that view yearly the identical I do yearly, which is to play nicely, enhance and win all of it.”