Giannis Antetokounmpo keeps the entire NBA in suspense and continues to increase optimism in all those franchises that yearn for his signing. The Greek forward, who ends his contract in 2021, has until December 21 to decide whether to accept the long-awaited extension of his contract for the maximum: five seasons and 247 million dollars . However, the later he signs, the bigger the rumors of his departure from Wisconsin.
The Bucks have tried to keep their word after falling in the second round of last season’s playoffs and have tried to surround Antetokounmpo with the necessary pieces to try to attack the ring. However, the fiasco of the non-signing of Bogdan Bogdanovic has changed the sign of the negotiations with Antetokounmpo. According to ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst, “the Bucks have gone from cautiously optimistic to cautiously cautious” regarding the extension of the double NBA MVP.
Antetokounmpo’s decision will mark not only the future of the Milwaukee Bucks. Also that of all the franchises that wait for the Greek to move a piece in the market both this season and in the 2021-2022 course. And among all the teams that have emerged around the Hellenic, five are the ones that have shown the most interest and those that have already designed their roadmap to try to get their services.
TORONTO RAPTORSAntetokounmpo and Masai Ujiri, the general manager of the Canadian franchise, have maintained a friendly relationship since the manager helped a family of Nigerian immigrants to obtain Greek nationality . Ujiri has always seen a superstar at the forward and already tried to get his services in the 2013 draft and now he sees in him the necessary piece to rebuild the champion franchise in 2019. In fact, that has been the GM’s maneuver: release salary space to attempt the signing of Antetokounmpo in 2021 , leaving players like Ibaka or Marc Gasol free and putting the extension of rookie OG Anunoby on standby.
MIAMI HEATWith a long tradition of gathering superstars in their ranks (Wade, Shaq, LeBron, Bosh …) Pat Riley has written down the name of Giannis Antetokounmpo in his agenda to try to attack again a title that was left on the doorstep last season . With Jimmy Butler in demand and Bam Adebayo (who shares an agent with the Greek player) renewed, the Heat will have to figure out a way to get salary space in addition to releasing Jae Crowder and Derrick Jones this season and not executing the team option on the Goran Dragic, Andre Iguodala, Meyers Leonard and Avery Bradley contracts next season .
DALLAS MAVERICKSIt is one of the teams that has sounded the most in the Antetokounmpo environment. In fact the Mavericks put the poster of transferable to the entire squad except for Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The Texan team has enough room in the salary cap when Giannis becomes a free agent, and they have another player like Doncic, among the top five in the League, to be able to build a solid and future project. In addition, Texas has the advantage of having no state taxes, which is why it is becoming the next California , where thousands of technology companies and people with real estate are moving there, so the investment opportunities will be enormous.
NEW YORK KNICKSThe Big Apple team is a perennial contender for any superstar on the market . However, in recent seasons the market has gone empty. Now with a new president of operations and a new general manager, the Madison franchise hopes the trend will change and the Greek forward can be signed as the cornerstone of a long-standing rebuilding. To do this, New Yorkers have moved little in this market, leaving enough salary margin to try to sign the Hellenic next season.
LOS ANGELES LAKERSThe Lakers want to try the signing of Antetokounmpo in two steps. The first was the renewal of Kostas Antetokounmpo’s contract with the Los Angeles franchise . A movement in which many have wanted to see a strategy to get closer to his brother Giannis. The second step has to do with Anthony Davis . After exiting his contract, Davis already warned the Lakers that his intention was to go calmly with his renewal, although everything indicates that he will continue with the champions and more with the extraordinary that the Angelenos have mounted. If Antetokounmpo does not accept the renewal of his contract, Davis would choose to sign 1 + 1 to go to free agency in 2021 with LeBron James and recruit the Greek for a team that would create panic in the NBA.