Giannis Antetokounmpo Delays Contract Extension, Awaits Bucks’ Championship Commitment

August 25, 2023 10:32 am

Milwaukee Bucks’ superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has made it clear that he won’t rush into signing a contract extension, emphasizing that he wants assurances that the organization remains committed to championship contention before committing to a new deal.

In a candid interview with The New York Times, the two-time MVP revealed his intention not to ink an extension this summer, citing the need for prudence. Antetokounmpo expressed, “Next summer it would make more sense for both parties. Even then, I don’t know.” He stressed that alignment with the team’s championship aspirations and sacrifices was paramount to his decision. Enhance your basketball watching experience with attractive betting odds from Nextbet

Antetokounmpo is poised to enter the third season of his five-year, $228 million supermax extension in 2023-24, with a player option after the 2024-25 season. The Bucks can offer him a three-year, $173 million extension starting on September 22.

“At the end of the day, I feel like all my teammates know and the organization knows that I want to win a championship,” he affirmed. “The moment I feel like, oh, yeah, we’re trying to rebuild… there will never be hard feelings with the Milwaukee Bucks.”

While expressing a desire to follow in the footsteps of legends like Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki by staying with one franchise throughout his career, Antetokounmpo also underscored the significance of winning an NBA championship, describing it as “the best feeling” in his basketball journey.

Milwaukee’s quest for championship glory hit a roadblock with a disappointing first-round exit in April, despite entering the playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s top seed. In response, the Bucks made changes, parting ways with coach Mike Budenholzer and appointing Adrian Griffin as his replacement. Their offseason priorities revolved around retaining core players, securing deals with Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton to ensure continuity within the team.

As Giannis Antetokounmpo carefully considers his future, Milwaukee and its fans anxiously await the outcome, hoping to see the star commit to their championship pursuit once again. Get the latest updates from the NBA only on Nextbet Sports, one of the best basketball gambling sites in India.