Antetokounmpo is eligible to become a free agent following the 2020-21 season and there has been speculation he could seek greener pastures in a new city, but the Milwaukee Bucks superstar said in an interview with ESPN Friday that he could see himself staying with the franchise long-term.
“As long as everybody’s on the same page,” Antetokounmpo said. “And as long as everybody’s fighting for the same thing I’m fighting [for] every single day — which is to be a champion — I don’t see why not to be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years.”
The Bucks were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs after finishing first in the Eastern Conference – in fact, they’ve had the best record in the NBA two years running.
Antetokounmpo said he recently met with and Bucks ownership to discuss what went wrong with the 2019-20 campaign and what the team can do to improve. There has been some speculation that the reigning defensive player of the year could request a trade out of town.
The Bucks are reportedly expected to offer Antetokounmpo a super-max contract when free agency officially opens this off-season. A deal like that could net him more than $250 million over five years.
The 25-year-old Athens, Greece native averaged a whopping 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists this past season despite only playing 30.4 minutes per game.