Former NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo raised eyebrows as he opened up about possibly not re-signing with the Milwaukee Bucks. After a sub-par 2022-23 season with a 58-34 record and a disappointing first-round exit against the Miami Heat, Antetokounmpo will soon be eligible to sign a three-year, $173 million extension.
This contract could keep him in the Cream City for at least the next five years. But the Greek Freak, in a recent interview, spoke about not signing the extension if the Bucks don’t have a team competing for the championship. Antetokounmpo also talked about how signing an extension wouldn’t make sense if his and the team’s goals were the same.
Speaking to The New York Times, Antetokounmpo said, “The real question’s not going to be this year — numbers-wise it doesn’t make sense. But next year, next summer it would make more sense for both parties. Even then, I don’t know.”
He added: “I would not be the best version of myself if I don’t know that everybody’s on the same page, everybody’s going for a championship, everybody’s going to sacrifice time away from their family like I do. And if I don’t feel that, I’m not signing.”
Further in the interview, Giannis Antetokounmpo talked about his loyalty towards the Milwaukee Bucks and expressed gratitude towards the organisation for giving him a platform to grow and win an NBA title. But the Greek Freak also stated that he doesn’t want to wait to win another 20 years on the team to win another title.
“This is my team, and it’s going to forever be my team. I don’t forget people that were there for me and allowed me to be great and to showcase who I am to the world and gave me the platform. But we have to win another one. But at the end of the day, being a winner, it’s over that goal,” he said. “Winning a championship comes first. I don’t want to be 20 years on the same team and don’t win another championship.”