Greek Freak signs $228 million supermax deal with Bucks
The NBA’s two-time reigning MVP and Milwaukee Bucks superstar forward Giannis Antentokounmpo extended his time in the state of Wisconsin for at least five more seasons. On Tuesday, Antentokounmpo announced on Twitter that he reached the historic supermax extension with the team that drafted him, which was confirmed by ESPN sources through Antentokounmpo’s agent Alex Saratsis.
“This is my home, this is my city,” Antetokounmpo said on both Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday. “I’m blessed to be able to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years. Let’s make these years count. The show goes on, let’s get it.”
The contract is a five-year, $228 million deal that includes an opt-out option after the fourth year. Antentokounmpo is coming off another impressive statistical season. The 6-foot-11 forward showed out in 2020 as he posted career-high, per-game averages in points (29.5), rebounds (13.6), and assists (5.6) to go with a 31.9 player efficiency rating (PER). Antentokounmpo has increased his scoring average in each of his seven seasons in the league. The Greek Freak’s staggering PER was the best by an individual player in league history since the statistic was first recorded.
Although a relatively unknown talent before he emerged as an NBA superstar, Antentokounmpo remains as humbled and honored by the new deal as he was eager to step into the team’s facilities on his first day as a Buck.
“This is a big moment for me and my family and I want to thank the Bucks organization for believing in us,” Antetokounmpo said in a statement Tuesday after the signing became official. “You took a chance on us eight years ago and now putting my signature on a contract like this is unreal.”
Milwaukee, which drafted Antentokounmpo 15th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, signed the third-ever NBA player to win both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year to a long-term deal before he had the opportunity to test the market as the most notable free agent since Kevin Durant in the summer of 2016. For more sports coverage, click here.