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As reported byWednesday, the Toronto Raptors are likely to be one among many suitors for reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2021.
Exciting news to hear if you’re a Raptors fan, but also probably very obvious given the fact that the Raptors are expected to be absolutely flush with cap space to sign a max-level free agent. That’s a distinction that’s not so distinctive when you consider most of the league is also preparing to make a run at Antetokounmpo as well.
So then, what has made Toronto stand out over the rest?
Giannis: Deciding whether to re-sign will be harder if Bucks underperform
If the Milwaukee Bucks want to ensure Giannis Antetokounmpo stays beyond the terms of his current contract, the team will have to live up to its lofty expectations. "I want the Bucks to build a winning culture," Antetokounmpo told Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse this past spring, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Rick Romell. "So far, we have been doing great, and, if this lasts, there's no other place I want to be. But if we're underperforming in the NBA next year, deciding whether to sign becomes a lot more difficult."Antetokounmpo's current contract is set to expire after the 2020-21 season.
“I do think there’s a little more connecting tissue in the air with Giannis and the Raptors,” Hollinger said on Sportsnet 590 the FAN’s Good Show Thursday. “Toronto’s always seen itself as more of a destination point for international players than American players and this definitely would fall in line with that.”
Spoken by Hollinger himself, the former Memphis Grizzlies executive says the situation Milwaukee finds itself in with Antetokoumpo is tough, and could be to Toronto’s benefit.
“Until he wins a title in Milwaukee, this question will always be out there of ‘what is he going to do when his contract expires or until he signs an extension with them?’ It’s just inevitable with him,” said Hollinger. “We dealt with the same thing in Memphis with Marc [Gasol’s] free agent year even though we knew he was coming back, so I can only imagine what it’s like when there’s more doubt. This stuff is just always going to be out there until it goes away by him re-signing.
“But I think if he does decide to leave Milwaukee, I think Toronto will be one of the chief destination points for him, and I think the Raptors are aware of that, too.”
You can listen to Hollinger’s entire appearance on Good Show in the radio player above where he also touches on what the Raptors have to do to sell themselves on Antetokounmpo.
Giannis offers to pay for Thunder sign after trashing it in halftime freak-out .
Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't particularly thrilled with his Milwaukee Bucks' halftime deficit against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Heading back to the Bucks' locker room down by six, the Greek Freak took out his frustration on a poor, defenseless piece of Thunder signage: Wellapparently Giannis was a little frustrated with how the first half went. He just kicked a hole in this thing in the hallway ????. pic.twitter.com/h35Vol7Fo3 — Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) November 11, 2019Thankfully, other arena fixtures were spared the reigning MVP's ire, as the Bucks came back to take the win 121-119.