Antetokounmpo won’t say whether he will sign supermax offer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo praised the “amazing” moves the Milwaukee Bucks have made to improve the team, but the two-time reigning MVP stopped short yesterday of saying he would sign a supermax contract extension offer.

“Right now I’m not focusing on that,” Antetokounmpo said during his first preseason discussion with reporters. “I know my agent, Alex (Saratsis), and General Manager Jon Horst and the Bucks ownership are focussing on those discussions. I’m just trying to focus on myself and how I can get better, how I can help my teammates be better, how I can be ready to play our first preseason game.”

Antetokounmpo, who turned 26 last week, would be able to receive up to 35 per cent of the salary cap with an eight per cent escalation each year of the deal under a supermax extension.

The Bucks were able to offer a five-year deal worth over USD220 million. He has until December 21 to sign the extension, or else he will be eligible to become a free agent after the 2020-21 season. Antetokounmpo said he is letting his agent handle any contract discussions.

“I’m not going to lie to you,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’m not the type of player who talks with his agent five times a week or seven times a week.”

Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo during an NBA basketball playoff game in Lake Buena Vista. PHOTO: AP