Giannis re-signing with Bucks, putting Warriors' hopes on hold


All of the speculation can come to an end now.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is signing the five-year, supermax contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The deal begins in the 2021-22 season.

The Warriors face the "Greek Freak" and the Bucks on Christmas Day in Milwaukee.

If Giannis didn't sign the extension before Opening Night, he would have become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

Talk of the two-time NBA MVP possibly joining the Warriors at some point has run rampant for a long time. And ESPN's Ramona Shelburne in October declared Golden State has the best trade package to offer.

"People get so upset when I say that, but they do," she said on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show. "They have the trade exception, they have (Andrew) Wiggins, they have this year's pick (No. 2 overall), they have next year's Minnesota pick (top-three protected in 2021, unprotected in 2022).

"Maybe you even have to talk about Klay Thompson or Draymond (Green) being in a package like that, too. But they have a great package if it comes down to it."

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The situation, obviously, has changed over the last two months, as Klay tore his right Achilles tendon in November, the Warriors no longer have the trade exception and the franchise selected James Wiseman in the NBA draft.

So for now, all talk about Giannis' present and future is on hold.

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