GIANNIS Antetokounmpo is not going anywhere.
The Milwaukee Bucks superstar assured he won’t demand for a trade after his top-seeded team failed to live up to expectations following an upset loss to the Miami Heat in their East semifinal series.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports was the first to report the development.
“It’s not happening. That’s not happening,” Antetokounmpo said after the Heat eliminated the Bucks in five games, capped by a 103-94 win on Wednesday, Manila time in a game that Giannis sat out due to a sprained ankle.
The loss meant the Bucks finishing with the league's best record, yet falling short of the finals for the second straight year.
“Some see a wall and go in (another direction). I plow through it,” the man known as the Greek Freak added. “We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season.”
The Golden State Warriors and the Heat are among the teams rumored to be potential destinations for the 25-year-old Antetokounmpo, who has one year left in the four-year $100-million contract extension he signed with the Bucks in 2016.
The Bucks can offer him a five-year supermax extension this offseason.
Milwaukee must also think about the pieces surrounding Antetokounmpo if they intend to keep their superstar beyond next season.
“If winning a championship was easy, everyone would have one,” Antetokounmpo said. “We lost. Everyone saw that we lost. It’s disappointing, but what are we going to do? We’re going to keep working. I’ve got confidence in my teammates.”