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Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots down talk of him forcing trade from Bucks

The Bucks may have been the most dominant regular-season team over the past two seasons, but the team was bounced out of the playoffs without having even reached the Finals both times, which can be seen as a major disappointment.

Their championship window is rapidly closing. In fact, depending on who you ask, some may say it’s already over. The Bucks have a veteran roster, and, at times, look slow on the court. 39-year-old Kyle Korver probably shouldn’t have seen as many minutes as he did in the playoffs, but the team needed shooters on the perimeter.

And, most importantly, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s impending free agency is roughly one year ago, with 2020-21 being the final year of his contract. The Bucks will likely offer him a super-max extension in the coming months, but it’s hard to see him signing it.

That’s why there’s been speculation about Antetokounmpo possibly discussing a potential trade scenario with the team, given that the Bucks could lose him in free agency one year down the road, yet get nothing in return. The Pelicans were in a similar situation in the past, so they elected to move Anthony Davis, and at least received some assets in the deal. As for Giannis, though, he apparently won’t push for a trade, which he told the media after the team’s Game 5 loss on Tuesday night.

“It’s not happening. That’s not happening,” he said, via Yahoo Sports. “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.”

The Bucks will have some very difficult decisions to make over the next year or so.