Report: Giannis & Bucks talk extension, improving roster heading into offseason


LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 22: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks moves the ball up court against the Orlando Magic in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 22, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

(WFRV) – The end of the season was no doubt disappointing for the Milwaukee Bucks. Back-to-back years with the NBA’s best record, but back-to-back early playoff exits.

Now the Bucks head into the offseason with plenty of big decisions ahead of them. First, a possible extension for their star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks in the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Miami Heat Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting Antetokounmpo and Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry had a three hour lunch meeting last week. During that meeting Lasry reportedly expressed the team’s desire to offer Antetokounmpo a “super-max” deal this offseason that would make him one of the league’s highest paid players.

Antetokounmpo can either sign and extension this offseason, or play out the last year of his contract before heading into free agency next summer.

One thing that may weight on Giannis’ mind is the roster around him. The Bucks last year not only re-signed Khris Middleton, but also added veterans like Wesley Matthews, Kyle Korver, and Robin Lopez to help get the team over the hump.

Coming off an even earlier second round exit against Miami, the Bucks find themselves in a similar situation. This time with the real money concerns if Antetokounmpo does in fact sign a “super-max” extension.

According to the Wojnarowski report, Lasry told Antetokounmpo during their meeting the team would be willing to go into the luxury tax to help put pieces around him this offseason. The luxury tax threshold for the 2020-21 season is projected to be around $139 million dollars.

Giannis will now reportedly go on vacation following the meeting with Lasry. The Bucks and their fans in the meantime turn their focus to the offseason, and waiting for what decisions are made by their star.

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