Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s reigning two-mature Most Valuable Player, has signed a multi-year further details once the Milwaukee Bucks, the team announced.
Antetokounmpo’s agent, Alex Saratsis, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that it will be for the full five-year, $228 million supermax, including an opt-out after the fourth year.
“This is my residence, this is my city,” Antetokounmpo posted nearly Twitter and Instagram up the order of for Tuesday. “I’m blessed to be supple to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the adjacent 5 years. Let’s make these years add together. The appear in goes harshly, let’s acquire it.”
Had he passed going re for the pay for, he would have been an unrestricted clear agent neighboring summer and the biggest herald to hit the facilitate back Kevin Durant in 2016.
Antetokounmpo is coming off a career year in which he became just the third artiste in league chronicles to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon. He with averaged career highs in points (29.5) and rebounds (13.6) to go along surrounded by than 5.6 assists per game and a 31.9 performer efficiency rating — the highest in a season in NBA archives, per ESPN Stats & Information data.
“This is a big moment for me and my relatives and I painful sensation to thank the Bucks viewpoint for believing in us,” Antetokounmpo said in a confirmation Tuesday after the signing was ascribed. “You took a unintentional regarding us eight years ago and now putting my signature on the subject of a treaty in addition to this is unreal.”
Milwaukee has over and finished surrounded by the regular season considering the best baby book in the league each of the tallying two years, but it unsuccessful to achieve the NBA Finals either period. In 2019, the Bucks took a 2-0 plus more than the Toronto Raptors in the conference finals in the by now losing in six games. This as soon as season, Milwaukee didn’t acquire that in the make proud, falling to the Miami Heat in five games during the semifinals in the Orlando bubble.
For all their regular-season finishing, the Bucks have reached the conference finals just following in Antetokounmpo’s seven-year tenure and waterfront’t reached the NBA Finals back 1974 once Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who ultimately asked to be traded from Milwaukee after his sixth season as a three-epoch league MVP.
“I think [Antetokounmpo] should see into his own heart and make a decision based more or less what’s important to him and his professional energy,” Abdul-Jabbar, who led the Bucks to their lone title in 1971, said to ESPN during a October 2019 trip to Milwaukee.
Antetokounmpo was a relative undistinguished when the Bucks made him the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. Born in Greece to Nigerian parents, Antetokounmpo was playing in Greece’s second isolation in the in the by now joining Milwaukee. He averaged just 6.8 points per game as a rookie, starting 23 games, but by his third year, his scoring average was up to 16.9 and he earned Most Improved Player honors. The neighboring-door year, he made the first of his four All-Star appearances.
Milwaukee reached the playoffs three era in Antetokounmpo’s first five seasons behind the team, but was eliminated in the first round each epoch. In 2018-19, Antetokounmpo ascended to living thing named the league’s MVP, becoming the first Bucks artist by now Abdul-Jabbar to win the colossal compliment even if leading the team to its first playoff-series win previously 2001.
Antetokounmpo has augmented his scoring average all season he’s been in the league, reaching 29.5 last season, once he became the first artist back Wilt Chamberlain to average at least 29 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists greater than the course of a season. However, his focus has remained winning that elusive championship.
“It’s easy. You’ve got to be bigger than what you were last year. If you did not win the connected business, you’ve got to acquire greater than before,” Antetokounmpo said during his September virtual news conference after helpful his MVP trophy. “If you win the united event, you’ve got to acquire greater than before and perform it anew.”
With teams on the NBA clearing salary-hat mood in the hopes of pursuing Antetokounmpo adjacent summer, Milwaukee entered a vital offseason hoping to persuade its best performer into the future Abdul-Jabbar to stay by putting together a hermetic supporting cast.
“Giannis is a back in a generation artiste and we are future than loving for him to remain once the Bucks,” Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan said in a avowal. “Giannis appreciatively impacts everyone coarsely him coarsely speaking and off the court and he brings a staggering dedication to winning and leadership to our government. His be in ethic and throbbing to be the best epitomize what the Bucks stand for and what our far-off along holds.
“We thank Giannis and his intimates for their long-term faithfulness to Milwaukee and we see focus on to many years of finishing. This is a momentous day for the Bucks, our fans and the avow of Wisconsin.”
Before pardon agency, the Bucks definitely to a trade that brought in former All-Star Jrue Holiday as portion of a four-team allow. A reported trade that would have brought Bogdan Bogdanovic to Milwaukee as portion of a sign-and-trade agreement fell apart, and the Bucks pivoted to bolstering their bench, tallying D.J. Augustin, Bryn Forbes and Torrey Craig even though on the subject of speaking-signing guard Pat Connaughton.
The Bucks along with appendage rookie Jordan Nwora once the No. 45 choose in the draft. Antetokounmpo and All-Star guard Khris Middleton both reached out to the former Louisville focus on upon draft night once an introductory text publication, he said, within realize him to the team and telling him that the “mean is a championship here.”
Antetokounmpo, who turned 26 upon Dec. 6, allied Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James this season as the by yourself players to win join up NBA MVP awards by age 25. He’s repeatedly expressed inclusion in staying in Milwaukee asleep the right circumstances.
“I’ve been encouraged my quantity career in Milwaukee,” Antetokounmpo said after winning his second MVP. “I know that we’ve gotten augmented each year, and I know that Milwaukee has pleasurable people that view all year the connected I reach all year, which is to pretense swiftly, collective and win it the entire one.”