The NBA released their coveted All-NBA teams to honor the regular season’s best players. To no surprise, the first team of All-NBA was named Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. While Giannis remains focused on getting his team to their first NBA finals since the early 1970s, he certainly knows what this announcement means for his future contract. Or at least it’s his agent.
Antetokounmpo is now eligible to receive the largest contract in NBA history, named to two consecutive All-NBA teams. Giannis will be paid this sum after an unbelievable season that earned him both All-NBA honors and an MVP nomination.
Due to making two All-NBA teams in a row, Giannis is eligible for a 5-year, $247M extension from the Bucks next summer. Largest contract in NBA history.
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Antetokounmpo has already signed a contract with the Bucks that will earn him $25 million until 2021, when he would become an unrestricted free agent. Now, due to his accomplishments over the past two seasons, Giannis has the chance to make nearly $50 million a year over five years. For the Bucks, this is definitely worth it.
Giannis revived the Bucks franchise completely. And Giannis set out to become the highest paid athlete in NBA history after two straight amazing seasons.
In September, one former NBA general manager told Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype that he “would bet all I own” Antetokounmpo leaves the Bucks either by forcing a trade or when his current deal expires after the season 2020-21.
In the eight months since the GM made these comments, a lot has changed. The Bucks posted the best record of the NBA during regular season 60-22 and are currently in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
The success of the Bucks will force them over the next 12 months to make some critical personnel decisions. Khris Middleton can opt out of his deal this summer in addition to Antetokounmpo and Nikola Mirotic will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
Head coach Mike Budenholzer implemented a system that unlocked more of Antetokounmpo’s potential. The 24-year-old could become the first Milwaukee player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971-72 to be named NBA MVP after averaging a career high 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.