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#pounditFriday, August 14, 2020

Giannis Antetokounmpo: Talking about my contract is ‘disrespectful’ to teammates

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future has been a hot topic since the moment the Milwaukee Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs last season, and the reigning NBA MVP does not want to keep discussing it.

Ahead of the beginning of Milwaukee Bucks training camp, Antetokounmpo addressed his contract status with reporters. He said the subject was not something he wanted to keep talking about, saying it is disrespectful to his teammates.

“I feel like if you have a great team, and our goal is to win a championship and be the last team standing and get better each day, I think it’s disrespectful towards my teammates talking about my free agency and what I’m going through,” Antetokounmpo said, via ESPN’s Eric Woodyard. “So when the time is right, we’re all gonna talk about it. I don’t think the time is right.”

He’s right that it’s a distraction and not something helpful to his goal of team-building. A report when the Bucks were eliminated said Giannis wants to make the NBA Finals before signing a long-term extension with Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo will be eligible to sign a massive five-year, $253.3 million extension next year. The Bucks want to see nothing more than Antetokounmpo sign with them long-term; he’s critical to their championship hopes.

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