Giannis Antetokounmpo, the two-time MVP and the cornerstone of the Bucks’ franchise, has agreed to a contract that will keep him in Milwaukee for at least another five seasons.
“This is my home, this is my city,” Antetokounmpo tweeted on Tuesday. “I’m blessed to be able to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years. Let’s make these years count. The show goes on, let’s get it.”
The Greek Freak’s tweet came shortly after The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Antetokounmpo is signing a supermax contract extension with the Bucks that will pay him $228.2 million, the largest deal in NBA history.
Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin was taking part in a Milwaukee Press Club virtual panel discussion about sports and the pandemic when the news broke. When questioned by moderator Jen Lada of ESPN about the news, Feigin at first dodged offering a confirmation. Seconds later, Feigen saw the Antetokounmpo’s Twitter post, which he shared with the audience.
“This is one of the great days in Bucks history,” Feigen said.
The Bucks have high hopes that Antetokounmpo will be able to lead the franchise to its first championship since the 1970-71 season.
“I’m going to get off this call. This is one of those things we’ve been anticipating. Giannis is a generational player. What it means to the Milwaukee Bucks, what it means to our market and our team and me personally, it’s hard to really state the importance of it. It’s a monumental kind of event. Sports are so crazy and interesting and it’s so human that things like this happen. This is really a great, great moment.”
Feigen then informed the audience that he was going to call his wife and “circle the troops and have a little shouting party.”
“We’re very excited. It doesn’t get better than this announcement in a year that’s so tough. This is really great new,” Feigen said.