Giannis Antetokounmpo has always preached loyalty when it comes to his future with the Milwaukee Bucks. Time and time again, he has insisted to the masses that he has every intention of staying with the franchise long-term.
But even he left some room for interpretation in his most recent comments when he hinted to a potential departure in the case that the Bucks fall apart in the seasons ahead.
"I want the Bucks to build a winning culture," Antetokounmpo said in a case study on the team's turnaround (via the 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."
If Giannis refuses to sign an extension this offseason, he will be eligible to hit free agency in 2021. At that point, nobody knows what might result.
According to ESPN's Marc Spears, the Raptors could be one team on a shortlist to sign Giannis if he does, indeed, become a free-agent.
Following the departure of Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors are hoping to stay competitive in the weak Eastern Conference with the pieces they have remaining.
Giannis would obviously be a huge acquisition for them, and would likely vault them back into Championship contention. It will be interesting to see how the situation progresses moving forward.