Milwaukee is a small market when it comes to professional sports franchises. As such, it is hard to sign superstar players who can typically receive far more lucrative contracts in larger markets.
When the Bucks draft a player who attains superstar status like Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of the biggest concerns for fans is if or when that player will leave. Over the past few seasons, the question as to what he will decided to do when he becomes a free agent has been debated all across the NBA community.
There are some indications that he will choose to stay in Milwaukee, but there are other signs that he might choose to play somewhere else. Giannis himself gave the basketball world one of the latter indications over NBA All-Star Weekend.
“I think that would be amazing,” Giannis told Mackenzie Salmon of SportsPulse. “Obviously we’d spend more time together, and I’m 100% sure my mom would love that. But if we could like team up in a team in Milwaukee, L.A., wherever, that would be awesome.”
Giannis already plays with one of his brothers, Thanasis, who was signed by the Bucks last summer. Kostas, another brother, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2019 NBA Draft.
Many viewed the Lakers’ move to select Kostas as an effort to lure Giannis to Los Angeles when the 2018-19 NBA MVP reaches free agency. Meanwhile, Giannis’s youngest brother, Alex, is a student at Dominican High School in Milwaukee.
Giannis usually avoids talking about his pending free agency and where he will sign. The Bucks have the option to offer him a super max contract in 2021. He has also said he would like to stay in Milwaukee as long as they are winning. However, he has stopped short of giving a definitive indication as to what he will do.
Only time will tell what the biggest basketball star in Milwaukee since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will do. Milwaukee fans certainly hope that Giannis Antetokounmpo will stay while the rest of the NBA will certainly try to lure him away.