Milwaukee brought in Lillard at Antetokounmpo's request, Antetokounmpo repaid them



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Milwaukee brought in Lillard at Antetokounmpo's request, Antetokounmpo repaid them
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Following the Milwaukee Bucks' front office's commitment to delivering a superstar addition, further cementing their pursuit of another championship, the franchise's premier star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has reciprocated with a significant display of loyalty and commitment.

This two-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) recently inked a contract extension with the Bucks, ensuring their partnership will endure until the culmination of the 2027/28 season, by which time Giannis will be entering his 35th year.

His previous contract was set to expire in 2026, but the Greek Freak had an option to opt out a year earlier, potentially becoming a free agent. However, this option became moot after the series of transformative moves orchestrated by the team's general manager, John Horst, culminating in the blockbuster trade that brought an elite basketball talent from Portland to Milwaukee.

Prominent NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, citing Giannis' agent, Alex Saratsis, reported that both parties reached an agreement on a three-year contract valued at $186 million, set to commence at the conclusion of the 2024/25 season.

Reflecting on the journey, it's worth noting that the Bucks drafted an unheralded prospect from Athens as the 15th overall pick in the first round back in 2013. This seemingly modest decision led to the franchise's second-ever NBA championship in 2021.

Antetokounmpo achieved a historic milestone by joining the ranks of Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the third player in history to secure multiple prestigious individual accolades alongside an NBA championship: Finals MVP, League MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year—all in a single season.

However, following their championship win, the Bucks experienced their share of playoff disappointments, prompting Giannis himself to openly contemplate his future with the team unless significant improvements materialized.

The breaking news of Giannis' contract extension, particularly amidst the impending start of the new NBA season, underscores the pivotal role played by the arrival of Damian "Dame" Lillard in reshaping the franchise's prospects, setting the stage for heightened anticipation among NBA fans worldwide.

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