Giannis Antetokounmpo Says He Wants To Stay With The Milwaukee Bucks And Won’t Request A Trade After Team Gets Eliminated From Playoffs

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The Milwaukee Bucks have officially been eliminated from the playoffs which means the Giannis Antetokounmpo rumors are going to start to heat up but it sounds like the reigning MVP is staying put.

Giannis currently has one more year on his contract and will begin negotiations for a supermax contract extension but things can get awkward if he declines to re-sign with the team during the offseason.

Via ESPN

The Bucks will offer Antetokounmpo a supermax contract when eligible later this year, a deal that could be worth $220 million — about $80 million more than he could get with another team as a free agent in 2021, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. But Antetokounmpo has made it clear that his priority is winning, and that’s something the Bucks haven’t been able to ensure.

If Antetokounmpo passes on signing the supermax, multiple sources are adamant that the Bucks won’t trade him. Milwaukee will have to persuade him to stay — and quickly.

After the Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday night, Giannis went out of his way to praise the Bucks organization for how they handled his injury during the playoffs.

Giannis went to say he wants to build a winning culture in Milwaukee for many years to come.

Update: Giannis spoke with Yahoo Sports’ Chris B.Haynes and says he has no intention of requesting a trade.

Via Yahoo Sports

“It’s not happening. That’s not happening,” Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports after the Bucks were eliminated in five games in the second round by the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

“Some see a wall and go in [another direction]. I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season.”

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