NBA trade news: Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has until Dec. 21 to sign an extension with the team that drafted him at No. 15 in 2013, but according to a report, the Bucks have “gone kind of silent” on the matter after their failed attempt to acquire Bogdan Bogdanovic.
“I don’t know what that means,” ESPN’s Zach Lowe said. “But I know that that optimism, I just haven’t been hearing that.”
The Milwaukee Bucks have been under great pressure ever since their star player Giannis Antetokuonmpo stated his uncertainty about his future with them. The 25-year-old is one of the best players in the current NBA generation.
“If LeBron, KD, or AD want to join me in Milwaukee, I will be happy. I don’t care about being number 1, or number 2, or number 3.”
– Giannis Antetokounmpo. 👀
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) December 1, 2020
However, he still longs for an NBA title and has expressed his unhappiness with his team’s incompetency.
In an interview given to an exclusive Swedish outlet, Giannis said “I do not know what the plan is. It depends on what decisions they (Bucks) make. If they make the right decision, I’ll be there for many years. If they do not, we’ll see. The NBA is business and we take it day by day. Hopefully, we can succeed together,”
Antetokounmpo can sign a supermax extension this offseason, but before he did so, he reportedly put pressure on the Bucks to sign Bogdanovic, and the team had a sign-and-trade deal in place that eventually fell through.
NBA Trade News: How Important is Giannis Antetokounmpo to Bucks?
It is very prominent that Giannis is a key player in the Bucks’ roster. The Bucks have made a notable case to Antetokounmpo about why he should sign the five-year supermax extension that will soon be available to him.
Giannis Antetokuonmpo has averaged a double-double last season for the Bucks. He averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per contest in 2019-20.
The Greek Freak also had a field goal of 55.3% from inside the arc. He also shot the ball at 30.4% from outside the arc.
NBA Trade News: What has Milwaukee Bucks done to make their star player stay?
Although Giannis Antetokuonmpo has not made any trade request this season, he has demanded the Bucks to build a team around him so they can win the NBA Championship together. And maybe the team management has finally listened to him.
According to ESPN, The Bucks manager Jon Horst told the reporters on a conference call “We continue to focus on taking big swings, making the appropriate moves.”
The Bucks’ owners ensured roster improvements to Antetokounmpo in a meeting after their five-game playoff exit to Miami. They have signed Jrue Holiday and almost acquired Bogdan Bogdanovic.
— Swish Cultures (@swishcultures_) December 9, 2020
If Antetokounmpo signs, he would earn $228 million over the next five years, per Jack Maloney of CBS Sports.
His teammates are eager to see the star ink the deal, and Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton gifted the back-to-back league MVP with pens for his birthday Sunday to urge him to stick around.
NBA Schedule: The tentative NBA schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:
• Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
• Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
• March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
• March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
• May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
• May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs