It's not a secret that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the most sought-after player come next summer if he doesn't sign a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks right away.
All teams are going to be lining up outside of the Greek Freak's door to try and get him to sign with them, with the Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, and New York Knicks reportedly set to lead the pack.
However, it seems unlikely that Giannis will take his talents to the Big Apple, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, as it seems like the Knicks have already hurt their chances of signing him after two things that rubbed Antetokounmpo the wrong way:
“The Knicks’ lure is the bigger stage but they probably won’t be a winner in 2020-21. And we know Antetokounmpo was disappointed with the franchise when it didn’t give his brother, Thanasis, a 2013 second-round pick, a chance. Thanasis, who played just two games with the Knicks, is now with the Bucks, Then came a weird remark in a documentary last season from one of Giannis’ agents, Giorgos Panou, who stated the Knicks were the lone team not to send a scout to Greece to watch Giannis play. The Knicks denied the charge," the report read.
Giannis has yet to make a statement towards his future but people close to him think he'll sign his extension if the Bucks continue to stay competitive. There's no doubt that Giannis is the kind of player that could turn a franchise around in no time and he'd be perfect to take the Knicks to the highest standards of competition.
However, it's unlikely that he'll take a step backward in terms of championship contention by joining one of the worst teams and most dysfunctional franchises in the league, but we'll continue to monitor his situation pretty closely.