Giannis Antetokounmpo is a rising star in the NBA and just made his first All-Star Game this past season. He was also named to the All-NBA second team for his excellent season. The 22-year-old who plays every position for the Bucks finished the season averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals per game, all of which were career highs.
However, it seems his time in Milwaukee might not last as long as fans are hoping. On ESPN’s Russillo Show, new ESPN analyst and insider Adrian Wojnarowski talked about Antetokounmpo’s free agency down the road and how he might already have suitors looking to steal him away from Milwaukee. Here’s what he said as transcribed by Jordan Heck of Sporting News:
“Milwaukee’s going to go through this with the Greek Freak. That day’s coming, right? Where he’s going to look and say, ‘Where is this organization? What are they doing here?’ Like, you don’t think Giannis has been watching what went on there for the last several months? Of what they allowed to go on with the front office? He’s watching it. And the clock has started. Everybody in the league is trying to figure out how they are going to get him out of there. That has started.”
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Antetokounmpo is still locked up for three more years and $100 million with the Bucks, but if the Bucks don’t make significant progress in the next three years there could be a Gordon Hayward situation. Antetokounmpo seems to be happy with the team though with the only major cause of concern being the choice for their new general manager.
The team lost John Hammond to the Orlando Magic as he took the same position with that team and when they were deciding on a new GM, ownership was reportedly split between current GM Jon Horst and Justin Zanik. Wes Edens wanted Horst while the two other majority owners wanted Zanik. If more of this continues then “The Greek Freak” might have some reasons to head out of town to another title contender.
[h/t Bleacher Report]