Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘Not Focused’ on Bucks Supermax Contract Extension

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has until Dec. 21 to sign his supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he said Wednesday that his attention is elsewhere.

“Right now, I am not focused on that. I am just trying to focus on myself,” he told reporters.

Antetokounmpo can make $228 million over five years with the new deal but could become a free agent next summer if he chooses not to sign. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported in November the team was “cautiously confident” about Giannis staying with Milwaukee.

There is still no guarantee he signs the extension before the start of the season. Either way, Giannis hopes not to discuss it much going forward.

“I know this is big for the city of Milwaukee, NBA world and media world. But I’m a private person,” he told reporters.

Antetokounmpo’s decision is massive considering his impact on the court. He has won the MVP award in each of the last two years, and he took home the Defensive Player of the Year award last season as well.

He finished 2019-20 averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game, and the 26-year-old is still improving. After leading the Bucks to the NBA’s best record in each of the past two years, it’s clear whichever team he plays for will be a top contender.

The question is whether he can win a title in Milwaukee after disappointing playoff losses the last two years.

“I don’t believe this is a ‘championship or bust’ situation. (But) nobody wants to win a championship more than me,” he told reporters.

Milwaukee was aggressive in improving its roster this offseason, notably adding Jrue Holiday to provide help in the backcourt. The Bucks can only hope Antetokounmpo feels that’s enough to get them over the top in 2020-21.

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