Giannis Antetokounmpo Signs Extension with Milwaukee Bucks
It was a relatively quiet Tuesday until Shams Charania’s broke the news that Giannis Antetokounmpo will commit to a five-year extension with the Milwaukee Bucks. The deal is said to be worth up to $228.2 million, making it the highest contract in NBA history. After back-to-back MVP awards, Antetokounmpo has achieved almost everything in the game except for winning an NBA Championship. At +550, Milwaukee has the second shortest odds on the board at FanDuel to win the title. If you’re one for nostalgia, 2021 will mark the 50-year anniversary from when former Bucks MVP, Oscar Robertson, led them to their first and only NBA title.
The Bucks made some changes to their roster by acquiring point guard Jrue Holiday in a four-team trade that sent Eric Bledsoe to the New Orleans Pelicans. This was widely viewed as a sign to Antetokounmpo that Milwaukee is committed to putting together a championship team. Holiday averaged 19 points and 6.7 assists per game in New Orleans, and he gives Milwaukee another player who can take some of the scoring pressure away from Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee had the best record in the league last year with 56 wins and a .767-win percentage. This team on paper looks even better, but only time will tell if this is the year where they finally get their hands on the trophy.