NBA All-Star and 2019 league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo met with Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry on Saturday to discuss his future with the team, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Antetokounmpo unfollowed Milwaukee’s official team accounts and his teammates’ personal pages on Twitter and Instagram earlier in the day, perhaps miffed after the Bucks were knocked out of the NBA Playoffs inside the Orlando bubble by the Miami Heat prior to the weekend.
Antetokounmpo, who’s a free agent after the 2021 season, has said on the record he intends to stick with the small-market Bucks and said he was not interested in demanding a trade. Milwaukee will be able to offer its best player a multi-year supermax deal this offseason worth somewhere near $221 million.
“Some see a wall and go in [another direction],” Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports after Tuesday’s loss to the Heat. “I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season.”
Antetokounmpo was noticeably frustrated after the top-seeded Bucks were eliminated in five games.
“At the end of the day, we’ve got to learn from everything that goes on in your life and in your career and hopefully we can learn from this and get better as a team and come back and hopefully we can build a culture in Milwaukee for many years that we can come out here and compete every single year for a championship,” Antetokounmpo said.
Multiple reports have linked Golden State as a possible landing spot for Antetokounmpo, including a Western Conference executive who told Bleacher Report one of the NBA’s best players could be on the move toward the West in a matter of months.
“The basic assumption, if he decides to leave, is that Antetokounmpo will want to play in one of the NBA’s major markets on a contending team,” writes BR’s Eric Pincus. “That’s why Golden State, with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, is an obvious fit (at least on paper).”