Could Giannis Antetokounmpo actually leave the Milwaukee Bucks?
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith seems to think so as he stated on Friday that the Bucks superstar “will leave” the franchise if the team fails to make the NBA Finals this season.
“I’m told if he doesn’t get to the Finals, he’s leaving. I don’t know if that’s true or not,” Smith said, per Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck.
Take his comments with a grain of salt, because in true fashion, he put the information out there, but made sure to add that he wasn’t sure if it was true or not. Basically, if it doesn’t happen, don’t blame me.
If Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t sign the supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks after the 2019-2020 season, he can become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
Antetokounmpo’s agent, Alex Saratsis of Octagon Basketball, says the Bucks star is as loyal as they come:
“Giannis believes in loyalty, he believes in the people who’ve been there with him from the beginning, and I think he feels that kinship to the city because they have really helped raise him,” Saratsis told TMJ4 News of Milwaukee. “I think he’s someone who could easily say, ‘I’d like to be in Milwaukee my entire career.’ I think he’s also someone who, depending on how the team does, could say, ‘I need a change.’ But for him, staying is absolutely a viable option.”
Milwaukee (53-9) currently sits atop the East and the entire NBA.