After an early second-round playoff exit with the Milwaukee Bucks, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is eligible to sign a supermax extension this offseason. That would keep him in Milwaukee for the majority of his prime.
But if Antetokounmpo, 25, elects to wait until 2021 free agency to make a decision about his future, the Bucks should not panic. The same $220 million supermax contract will still be there after the season. Milwaukee should feel confident that it can make the best financial and basketball pitch. Plus, the team will have one more year to recruit him as a legitimate title contender and perhaps improve the roster with a trade.
If Antetokounmpo makes a surprise move and demands a trade, though, that’s a different story.
Here is a look at the teams that have cap space to sign the reigning MVP as a free agent in 2021 and what teams could offer in a trade, starting with his current team in Milwaukee and what is available should it attempt to make upgrades.
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