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The NBA Has Fined The Milwaukee Bucks $50,000

Giannis Antetokounmpo reacting to a call during a game.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MARCH 04: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 04, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Giannis Antetokounmpo is two years from being an unrestricted free agent, and yet, the Milwaukee Bucks are already thinking about extending the reigning MVP.

It's obvious that Milwaukee would love to keep Antetokounmpo for the foreseeable future. He's quickly emerged as one of the best players in the NBA.

When asked about Antetokounmpo's contract situation, Bucks general manager Jon Horst said the team will offer him a supermax extension when they're eligible to next summer.

Although Horst didn't say anything drastic, the NBA fined Milwaukee for violating league rules governing timing of player contract comments.

The league is fining the Bucks $50,000 for speaking publicly about a potential contract extension for Antetokounmpo.

This is the rare exception where a team receives a fine for commenting about their own player.

In today's era of basketball where player movement happens so frequently, the NBA will fine more teams than ever before.

The reality is Milwaukee is going to offer the best possible extension to Antetokounmpo. Just the slightest chance of him leaving in free agency is enough to make the front office react quickly.

Winning the NBA Finals should be the priority for the Bucks this upcoming season, but locking up Antetokounmpo with a long-term extension is equally important.