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Report: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo meets with Bucks owner







Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo shouts from the bench in the second half of Milwaukee’s season-ending loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.




MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo met with Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry on Saturday to discuss the future of the franchise, Yahoo Sports reported.

Earlier Saturday, Antetokounmpo unfollowed hundreds of people on social media, including the team and his teammates on Twitter and Instagram.

Antetokoumnpo is one year away from free agency and has said he would not force a trade.

Antetokounmpo, a favorite to repeat as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, becomes eligible for a supermax extension when the offseason begins and has one season remaining on the four-year, $100 million deal he signed in 2016.

The Bucks are all but certain to offer him such a deal, believed to be worth approximately $220 million over five years, but whether Antetokounmpo will accept an extension is unknown and the subject of much speculation.

So far, Antetokounmpo has said nothing to suggest he’s looking for an exit. He’s repeatedly expressed a desire to remain in Milwaukee, which selected him with the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, and offered a similar assurance immediately after Game 5.

“It’s not happening. That’s not happening,” Antetokounmpo said in response to a question asking if he would request a trade. “Some see a wall and go in (another direction). I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season.”

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