September 19, 2016, 11:20 am
The Milwaukee Bucks and the Greek Freak agreed to a 4-year, $100 million contract extension. Adrian Wojnarowski had it first.
Still just 21, it’s a massive deal for Antetokounmpo. He flourished last season under coach Jason Kidd, finishing with per game averages of 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks on a .506 field goal percentage. With room to grow and more basketball knowledge to learn, the sky is the limit for Giannis.
While it’s fair to note that Antetokounmpo didn’t really explode with monstrous lines until the season was lost, he’s the type of player that’s worth a big gamble like this. A Swiss army knife on the court, Antetokounmpo can realistically play every position if needed- the Bucks plan on using him as a point guard at times this season. He’s a nice fit alongside core pieces Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker and should continue to deliver on all of his potential this season.
UPDATE: Interestingly enough, the deal is worth less than the max and has no opt outs per Brian Windhorst. It takes some serious gall to not offer Giannis all the tea in China, so credit the Bucks for somehow saving some money on this one. Maybe he’s taking a sort of hometown discount to help the Bucks lure other players with a little extra cash. Either way it’s a win, and Giannis is now lined up to hit the market again at age 27, i.e. when the getting is good.
UPDATE 2: Yeah, that’s why he took less.
It’s a slam dunk move for the Bucks.
Brandon Jennings, your thoughts?