In a three-hour lunch meeting Friday in Milwaukee, Bucks co-owner and governor Marc Lasry made it clear to reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo that the franchise is willing to spend into the luxury tax to deliver him a championship supporting cast, sources told ESPN. The Bucks balked at going into the luxury tax this season, a decision tied closely to them opting to sign and trade Malcolm Brogdon in the summer of 2019 rather than go over the cap. It is also being noted that the Bucks intent to speak to Giannis again after he takes a well-deserved vacation.
Antetokounmpo, 25, has a year remaining on his contract, and he is eligible for a super-max extension this offseason that is expected to be worth around $254 million over five years.
Antetokounmpo firmly denied he planned to force a trade shortly after Milwaukee lost to the Miami Heat, ending its postseason hopes.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Bucks will be able to secure these big free agents although based on their recent regular-season performances, it would certainly make sense for a player to go there. "I plow through it", Antetokounmpo said. "We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season". We're definitely going to be there in a couple years, soon.