“I’m fortunate enough to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years,” the two-time reigning MVP said Tuesday on his social media platforms. Antetokounmpo, 26, had until Dec. 21 to sign the Bucks’ supermax extension offer. If he refused it, Antetokounmpo could have become a free agent after the coming season.
Although Antetokounmpo has not announced the terms of his new deal, The Athletic and Stadium has indicated that it has agreed to a five-year contract worth US $ 228 million that includes an opt-out clause in 2025.
“This is my home, this is my city,” Antetokounmpo said. “I am fortunate to be able to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years. Let’s make those years count. The show continues, let’s go.
This is my home, this is my city .. I am fortunate enough to be able to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years. Let’s make those years count. The show continues, let’s go. 🤎🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/895tCBE9RK
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His move means the Bucks will hang on to their biggest superstar since Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who led Milwaukee to his only NBA title in 1971 but demanded a trade and was dealt to the Los Lakers. Angeles in 1975.
The Bucks have paid a hefty price to revamp their roster this offseason in an effort to persuade Antetokounmpo to stay in Milwaukee. They distributed guards Eric Bledsoe and George Hill, first-round pick RJ Hampton and two other first-round picks as part of a package to acquire Jrue Holiday in a four-team trade.
Revised Bench Bucks
They also revised their bench by adding Bobby Portis, DJ Augustin, Torrey Craig and Bryn Forbes. Antetokounmpo called these off-season moves “incredible” without indicating whether he plans to sign the extension.
“At the end of the day, the team is going to take care of what they are going to do,” Antetokounmpo said last week. “Off the pitch they tried to improve this team as much as possible. We’ve had the best regular season team in the last couple of years and that shows you that the team and the front office care about making the team better every year. Me, on the pitch, I will try to improve myself individually and help my teammates to improve too. ”
Despite this regular season success, Milwaukee has yet to reach the NBA Finals with Antetokounmpo. The Bucks lost a five-game second-round streak to Miami last season after dropping four straight games to take a 2-0 lead over Toronto in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals.
Antetkounmpo missed most of a win in Game 4 and all of a loss in Game 5 of the Miami Series with a sprained right ankle.
The Bucks understood the importance of Antetokounmpo’s decision to the future of the franchise. When Antetokounmpo celebrated his birthday on December 6, each of his teammates jokingly gave him a pen as a gift in hopes of using one to sign his extension.
Milwaukee selected Antetokounmpo out of Greece with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft. The 6-foot-11 “Greek Freak” has career averages of 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per. match.
Last season, he averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists while winning his second straight MVP award. He was also named NBA Defensive Player of the Year.