Giannis Antetokounmpo is the most important part of the Milwaukee Bucks roster and he is seen as the savior of the franchise. However, the latest NBA rumors imply that some fans are worried that the “Greek Freak” will turn down a possible five-year, $138 million deal from the Bucks.
Antetokounmpo had a very solid post-All-Star break when he averaged 18.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.9 blocks. He is expected to be named to his All-Star Game next season while also being eligible for a max contract extension.
According to Today’s Fastbreak, the “Greek Freak” is projected to get a max deal worth $138 million for five years. It is a fair deal considering that he is the face of the Bucks and the cap space will jump to $102 million in the summer of 2017.
Some Bucks fans feel worried that Giannis Antetokounmpo will not sign an extension with the team but they have nothing to worry about. Frank Madden of Brew Hoops noted that a deal might be in place once the 21-year-old finishes his military service with Greece.
“Oh, and if you’re wondering why Giannis hasn’t signed his five-year, $138 million max extension yet, bear in mind that he’s up been finishing his Greek army obligation this week — in addition to wrestling his Greek trainer for basketballs,” Madden wrote.
Giannis and his brother, Thanasis, began their mandatory military service for Greece last month. All Greek men from ages 19 to 45 are obliged to serve nine months but Greeks living overseas are committed to only three. As stated by Madden, Giannis will be finishing up with his service next week which means he will not serve the full three months.
Madden also noted that the Giannis Antetokounmpo is a dark horse MVP candidate next season especially if the Bucks exceed expectations this season. He opined that the Greece international has a chance if Milwaukee wins 50 games and his stats are closer to his post-All-Star break numbers.
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