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Giannis Antetokounmpo will be eligible to sign insane extension next summer

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo will be eligible to sign a supermax contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks after he completes his seventh NBA season next year, and the reigning NBA MVP is going to make an unprecedented amount of money if the team makes that type of commitment to him.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks broke down what a supermax contract is expected to look like next summer. Based on the current projected salary cap increase, a supermax deal for Antetokounmpo would average more than $50 million per year over five years.

Wow.

Giannis is obviously a once-in-a-generation talent, but almost every team in the NBA would have to think long and hard about writing that type of check. The Bucks would still be in a position to offer Giannis significantly more money than any other team with a regular max contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent following the 2020-21 season, but he’s likely going to want all of the money he’s entitled to.

As we’ve seen with the way the Kemba Walker situation is unfolding in Charlotte, some teams simply don’t want to risk crippling themselves by having a supermax player on their roster. The Hornets were actually nowhere near offering supermax money to Walker, which isn’t a surprise. He’s not in the same class as Giannis.

If Antetokounmpo does sign the supermax deal, he would become the highest-paid player in NBA history.

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