KEY POINTS

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo will be eligible to sign a supermax extension deal with the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason
  • The Bucks do not plan to trade Antetokounmpo even if the reigning two-time MVP turns down the extension offer
  • The Miami Heat is planning to go "all in" for Antetokounmpo in 2021, report says

There is no way Giannis Antetokounmpo would be traded even if the reigning two-time NBA MVP refuses to sign an extension with the Milwaukee Bucks this fall.

Coming off an impressive season where he also won the Defensive Player of the Year award, Antetokounmpo will be eligible to sign a five-year supermax deal at the start of free agency to extend his stay in Milwaukee.

But the Bucks have their plans ready should the four-time All-Star opted to turn down the offer.

Instead of shopping for the Greek Freak’s replacement in the trade market, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reported, citing unnamed sources, that the Bucks will be boosting its line-up for next season in order “to show Antetokounmpo why he should stay.”

Not only are the Bucks eager to bolster their roster to convince Antetokounmpo, but the team is also aiming to bounce back from last season’s heartbreak where they were booted out by the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs after having the best record in the regular season.

Antetokounmpo has already been linked to several teams, including the Heat, which reportedly is planning to go “all in” for him in 2021, according to a report by the Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Miami has turned themselves into an appealing destination for stars after they reached the NBA Finals in the recently-concluded season at the Orlando bubble.

But all these plans from prospect teams monitoring Antetokounmpo’s situation will simply go to waste if the superstar forward decides to keep his talents with the team that drafted him at 15th overall in 2013.

Based on present indications, it appears that the 25-year-old is planning to stay.

“Hopefully, we can build a culture in Milwaukee that for many years we can come out and compete every single year for a championship,” Antetokounmpo said shortly after the Bucks’ recent post-season setback.