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Giannis Antetokounmpo: ‘It Will Be Difficult To Stay If Bucks Underperform’

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has admitted the future might not be as clear as everybody thinks for him and the Milwaukee Bucks.

In a spring 2019 interview conducted by Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse for a case study she was working on, the Greek Freak shared how the success of the Bucks, or the lack of it, will play a major role in his decision next summer when he becomes a free agent.

Antetokounmpo said he will be put in a rather precarious situation if the Bucks underperform:

“I want the Bucks to build a winning culture,” Elberse and her co-author, master’s student Melcolm Ruffin, quoted Antetokounmpo as saying, via Rick Romell of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “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.”

This is something huge from Giannis, as he’s not a player that opens up about the potential supermax deal he will be eligible to sign at the end of the 2019-20 campaign with his Bucks. Antetokounmpo has been loyal to his team and has shown his willingness to stay with the team for several years, but this is a factor people need to have in mind.

The Bucks enter this season as a championship favorite, but if they failed to reach their goal awfully, there could be some nervousness in Milwaukee around the reigning NBA MVP.