Giannis Antetokounmpo Rumors: 'Clock Has Started' on Bucks Star's Potential Exit

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2017

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after a dunk during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round playoff series basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Speaking about Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo on Thursday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski suggested teams are already plotting ways to lure the Greek Freak away in the coming years.

On ESPN's Russillo Show (h/t Jordan Heck of Sporting News), Wojnarowski said the following regarding Antetokounmpo's status:

"Milwaukee's going to go through this with the Greek Freak. That day's coming, right? Where he's going to look and say, 'Where is this organization? What are they doing here?' Like, you don't think Giannis has been watching what went on there for the last several months? Of what they allowed to go on with the front office? He's watching it. And the clock has started. Everybody in the league is trying to figure out how they are going to get him out of there. That has started."

Wojnarowski's reference to Milwaukee's front office was reported by ESPN.com's Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst last week.

According to the report, the Bucks' three controlling owners were split on hiring either Justin Zanik or Jon Horst as general manager.

While two of the owners wanted Zanik, Wes Edens wasn't sold, which resulted in Milwaukee's choice of Horst.

Antetokounmpo could eventually leave the team that drafted him similarly to how Gordon Hayward walked away from the Utah Jazz in favor of a deal with the Boston Celtics. He is currently locked up for three more seasons after signing a four-year, $100 million extension last year, per Spotrac.

The 22-year-old is coming off a sensational season that saw him average 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals per game, all of which were career highs.

Antetokounmpo was named the NBA's Most Improved Player, and he played a big role in the Bucks' return to the playoffs last season.


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