It's a good time to be Giannis Antetokounmpo, who could win his first NBA MVP award this season and is now eligible to sign the largest contract extension in league history.
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Earning All-NBA for a second consecutive season now has Giannis Antetokounmpo eligible in the summer of 2020 to sign the largest contract in NBA history. The five-year extension starting in 2021-22 would be worth $247.3M and carry a $42.6, $46.0, $49.5, $52.9 and $56.3M cap hit.
Whispers about Antetokounmpo's future have been ongoing prior to the start of this season.
One former NBA general manager told HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy in September he "would bet everything I own" Antetokounmpo leaves the Bucks, either by forcing a trade or when his current deal expires after the 2020-21 season.
A lot has changed in the eight months since the GM made those comments. The Bucks posted the NBA's best record during the regular season (60-22) and are currently in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
The Bucks' success is going to force them to make some critical personnel decisions over the next 12 months. In addition to Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton can opt out of his deal this summer and Nikola Mirotic will be an unrestricted free agent when this season ends.
Head coach Mike Budenholzer implemented a system that unlocked more of Antetokounmpo's potential. The 24-year-old could become the first Milwaukee player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971-72 to be named NBA MVP after averaging a career high 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.