Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't speaking like someone who's going to force a trade to the Warriors -- or any other team -- this offseason.
After the Miami Heat eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the NBA playoffs on Tuesday, Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes that he's not going anywhere heading into the last year of his contract.
"It's not happening," Antetokounmpo told Haynes. "That's not happening. Some see a wall and go in [another direction]. I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season.”
It's as if 29 general managers cried out in disappointment and were suddenly silenced.
Antetokounmpo, the reigning MVP, can become a free agent next offseason. He also will be eligible to sign a five-year super-max extension with the Bucks at the start of this offseason.
Although Antetokounmpo didn't explicitly say he's going to sign his extension in the coming months, the "Greek Freak" left no room for interpretation surrounding his intentions for next season.
“If winning a championship was easy, everyone would have one,” Antetokounmpo told Haynes. “We lost. Everyone saw that we lost. It’s disappointing, but what are we going to do? We’re going to keep working. I’ve got confidence in my teammates.”
However long his super-max with the Bucks remains unsigned, speculation over Antetokounmpo's future will only intensify.
Golden State will sense an opening since Milwaukee still hasn't made the NBA Finals with Antetokounmpo, despite having the league's best record each of the last two seasons. Could another disappointing season push Antetokounmpo into the arms of the Warriors, Heat, Toronto Raptors, or any other franchise amassing trade assets and cap space?
Perhaps, but Antentokounmpo's comments will place those dreams are on hold for (at least) another season.