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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Future Hinges On ‘X-Issue’ Teammate


Giannis Antetokounmpo has made it clear he would take into account leaving the Milwaukee Bucks if he deemed one other workforce to have a greater likelihood of successful a championship.

Now it seems his future in Milwaukee may come down to 1 explicit “X-Issue”. Talking on SiriusXM NBA Radio over the weekend, ESPN insider Bobby Marks mentioned Giannis’ future in Milwaukee could hinge on Jrue Vacation.

“I don’t suppose Giannis Antetokounmpo going to signal an extension [because] it doesn’t make sense financially,” Marks mentioned. “I might be involved primarily based on what occurs with Jrue Vacation. I believe that’s going to be the X-factor.

“[That’s] what I’m going to regulate as a result of Vacation is extension-eligible beginning up, I believe February 22. Doubtlessly may very well be a free agent subsequent yr,” Marks added. “What does Milwaukee do with him? In the event that they lose him, they’re going to be in serious trouble.”


Giannis signed a 5-year, $228 million most contract extension with the Bucks in December 2020.

His deal features a participant choice for the 2025-26 season, which means he may go away Milwaukee in the summertime of 2025 (and that’s assuming he doesn’t ask for a commerce earlier than then).

Having received the 2021 championship, the Bucks misplaced within the second spherical of the 2022 playoffs after dropping Khris Middleton to harm. Milwaukee then suffered a brutal first spherical defeat within the 2023 playoffs, happening to the Miami Warmth 4-1.

The workforce then fired head coach Mike Budenholzer, though he coached them to the title simply two years earlier.

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