Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is saying all the right things about wanting to remain in Milwaukee in the future, but not everyone is convinced.
Giannis will be eligible to sign a long-term contract extension with the Bucks during free agency later this fall, but there are obviously no guarantees there. He could choose to wait it out, giving him the opportunity to let the 2021 season play out, or, in his head, he may be leaning toward testing the free-agent market and playing elsewhere.
And that’s fair, as the allure of playing for a team like the Warriors, Heat, Celtics or even Knicks could be strong, given the possibility to market one’s self, and also live in a major city. In the meantime, Giannis has stated that he’s committed to the Bucks, but it does look like he’s leaving his options open.
If you ask ESPN’s Jalen Rose, he believes that if the Bucks don’t make a deep playoff run this summer, Giannis could decide, in his head, to move on from the team in the future, which he stated on “Get Up.”
“I want to see them win the championship because I believe if they do, he signs that Patrick Mahomes, NBA version type of deal,” Rose said.
“If they lose in the first or the second round, then I believe [Giannis] now does not sign a long-term extension,” Rose said.
We completely agree with his take.