• Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo told a Harvard University professor that if the Bucks underperform this season, it would make his decision on whether to stick with the team "a lot more difficult."

    The unusually pointed language came in a spring 2019 interview with Anita Elberse, a Harvard Business School professor who was researching a case study on the Bucks' turnaround and the challenges a small-market NBA team faces in retaining a superstar-level player. "I want the Bucks to build a winning culture," Elberse and her co-author, master's student Melcolm Ruffin, quoted Antetokounmpo as saying. "So far, we have been doing great, and, if this lasts, there's no other place I want to be. But if we're underperforming in the NBA next year, deciding whether to sign becomes a lot more difficult." The Greek Freak will likely be eligible to sign a five-year, $253 million contract extension with the Bucks next summer, or to opt out and potentially become a free agent in 2021. Giannis has been adamant about not wanting to discuss his free agency this year but we should expect to hear more noise and more rumors for the league’s MVP.

    Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel