Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free agency rumors escalated with the Milwaukee Bucks 2-0 against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports reported that it’s an “open secret” in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla. That the Heat and Toronto Raptors are in the lead to clinch the reigning MVP and defensive player of. the year when he becomes a free agent in 2021.
The Bucks have run out of answers for Miami’s defensive game plan, looking as lost as they did a year ago when the Toronto Raptors used similar tactics in the conference final. Antetokounmpo disappointed, looking baffled when teams consider keeping him out of the paint in half-court sets.
Giannis has always maintained the desire to stay in Milwaukee. He’ll have a chance to prove that offseason when the Bucks give him a supermax extension. If Antetokounmpo refuses to sign the contract, that will be an indication that he’s ready to explore free agency, in which case the Bucks will need to seriously consider swapping him.
The supermax could also be less attractive if the cap is expected to decrease due to financial losses from COVID-19. It’s a complicated situation that will play through the rumor mill until Giannis gives some indication of how he wants to handle his future.
The Heat have been regularly linked with free agents since LeBron James-Chris Bosh’s coup in 2010. The Raptors have a history of attracting and cultivating non-American talent, and Toronto has a large Greek population, this who could influence the Greek Freak. .