Giannis Antetokounmpo, 26, has signed a long-term deal with the Milwaukee Bucks as on Tuesday the two sides agreed on a five-year, $228 million supermax extension. Antetokounmpo, who was selected by the Bucks at No. 15 in the 2013 NBA draft, has become one of the top players in the league and his goal remains to help Milwaukee win their first NBA Championship since 1971.
"This is my home, this is my city," Antetokounmpo posted on Twitter and Instagram. "I'm blessed to be able to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years. Let's make these years count. The show goes on, let's get it."
The Bucks did everything they could to show Antetokounmpo they really wanted him to stay in Milwaukee and the Greek appreciated that. "This is a big moment for me and my family and I want to thank the Bucks organization for believing in us," Antetokounmpo said in a statement Tuesday after the signing was official.
"You took a chance on us eight years ago and now putting my signature on a contract like this is unreal."
Antetokounmpo now off to work
Antetokounmpo was named back-to-back NBA MVP last season but he wasn't that thrilled since the Bucks didn't win a title.
"It's simple. You've got to be better than what you were last year. If you did not win the whole thing, you've got to get better," Antetokounmpo said during his September virtual news conference after accepting his MVP trophy.
"If you win the whole thing, you've got to get better and do it again." The Bucks consider Antetokounmpo a "once in a generation player" and they didn't want to lose him. "Giannis is a once in a generation player and we are beyond excited for him to remain with the Bucks," Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan said in a statement.
"Giannis positively impacts everyone around him on and off the court and he brings a staggering dedication to winning and leadership to our organization. His work ethic and desire to be the best epitomize what the Bucks stand for and what our future holds.
"We thank Giannis and his family for their long-term commitment to Milwaukee and we look forward to many years of success. This is a momentous day for the Bucks, our fans and the state of Wisconsin." It remains to be seen if Antetokounmpo can lead the Bucks to an NBA Championship this coming season.