After a long, suspenseful offseason, the Bucks were finally able to sign two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to a five-year supermax extension.
The supermax extension is worth $228.2M with a player option for the fifth year and is the biggest deal in NBA history.
During the offseason, the rumors started to heat up, and there were many speculations about where Antetokounmpo would go after the 2020-21 NBA season. The Heat, Warriors, and Mavericks were a few of the teams with hopes of signing Antetokounmpo.
The Bucks had the best record in the NBA over the past two seasons, but both years they failed to advance to the NBA Finals. In hopes of keeping Antetokounmpo for the coming years, the Bucks knew they would have to put a better roster around Antetokounmpo for the 2020-21 NBA season. With that being said, the Bucks went all in this offseason, acquiring Guard Jrue Holiday from the Pelicans in exchange for some players and three first-round picks, and two pick swaps. If you want to read more about the Bucks getting Holiday, check out this article by Tommy Boy, The Bucks go all in for one year of Jrue Holiday! The Bucks also tried to trade for Guard Bogdan Bogdanović from Kings, but that fell through as the Kings had to resign Bogdanović for the deal to be made, but he never agreed, making for a pretty awkward situation for all parties involved.
Antetokounmpo’s signing of the extension makes the Jrue Holiday trade look a whole lot better for the Bucks, as the picks and pick swaps they gave up to get him will likely be towards the end of the draft.
With Antetokounmpo and Kris Middleton both being locked up for the foreseeable future, the Bucks will surely be contenders for the years to come. With the extension being signed by Antetokounmpo, all the Bucks fans, and the front office and take a deep breath, knowing they have their franchise players for at least five more seasons.