Giannis showed texts of rival NBA players trying to recruit him to owner Marc Lasry during a meeting.
The announcement of Giannis signing an extension with the Bucks comes as a feel-good story ahead of next season. It was a long and protracted courtship between him and the front office. Giannis kept saying he would re-sign with the team, but only once the deal was made public did the tension break.
This news is good for the parity of the NBA. Now even if any team would want to trade for the Bucks star, they would have to pay a king’s ransom. Giannis will now keep the Bucks relevant in the Eastern Conference for at least a couple of seasons.
The Bucks have done their best to rejuvenate the team with better performers. Jrue Holiday, who’s at the peak of his basketball abilities, will now be their starting guard.
Giannis Antetokounmpo showed texts from other NBA players to owner Marc Lasry
The meeting between Marc Lasry and Giannis took place 2 days after the Bucks had returned home, fresh off a bubble playoff loss. It was an exit interview or sorts for the past season. It also was, incidentally, how Giannis made clear to the ownership and management what he wanted.
The Greek Freak reportedly pulled out texts and showed him how other NBA players had begun to recruit him to their own teams. This meeting was also done to discuss possible trade targets and free agent signings.
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It took a long while before the NBA free agency moratorium was lifted. This intervening period built up a level of excitement for a trade that looks exceedingly unlikely now. Giannis will be playing on the Milwaukee Bucks for the foreseeable future.