In the wake of arguably the most dynamic NBA offseason ever, Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo has emerged as a player teams are planning to target when his deal expires in 2021. Of course, that all hinges on Giannis failing to re-sign with the Milwaukee Bucks. He addressed that possibility this past week.
Speaking to ESPN, Giannis explained that he would prefer to stay at Milwaukee and win there, rather than “move.” He likened his ideal career trajectory to such one-team NBA legends as Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Steph Curry.
“As long as we have the same mindset and same approach to the game, there’s no reason for me to move and not be like Steph [Curry], not be like Dirk [Nowitzki] or Kobe [Bryant] or Tim Duncan…”
Giannis is coming off his sixth year in Milwaukee, where he was named NBA MVP and earned his third straight All-Star selection. His dominance helped lead the Bucks to the best record in the Eastern Conference and their highest win total since the 1971-72 season.
He also made it clear that he wants the team focused on winning a championship
“As long as that we are all on the same page and we are all focused on that goal, why not play for the Bucks 20 years, why not play 25 years?” he asked. “Why not, after playing, be a member of the coaching staff or a member of the front office? But we got to have the same goal. We got to have the same principles. … We got to focus on winning a championship.”
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Giannis is heading into the second to last year of a four-year, $100 million extension.
Of course every NBA team will be interested in signing Giannis if he hits the open market, though the Knicks are already being mentioned as a possible suitor.
After being snubbed by the likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard in free agency, the team made numerous short-term deals that they can easily get out of in time to sign Giannis, should he be so inclined.