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The Greek Freak's contract decision has impact for Boston Celtics



The Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo has until December 22 to make a decision on a potential 5 year/$230 million extension. He will earn $27.5M this season and become a free agent if no deal is reached with Milwaukee.

His decision will impact the Boston Celtics regardless of what path he chooses. Although highly unlikely, if The Freak chooses not to sign, and the Bucks put him on the trade block, Giannis is one of the very-few players in the League for whom  Danny Ainge would open the coffers. Jaylen Brown would be the centerpiece, coupled with future draft picks and other current Celtics players. Pairing Giannis with Jayson Tatum could potentially put two top-5 NBA players on The Green's roster fairly soon.

In this morning's NBA TV's broadcast, Greg Anthony voiced that the Bucks' situation brings back memories of the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to Lebron James' departure for Miami. Both teams had great success in the regular season but disappeared in the playoffs. Milwaukee sought to improve the roster, adding Jrue Holiday, but they lost George Hill and Eric Bledsoe in the process.

But potentially acquiring Bogdan Bogdanovic via sign-and-trade flopped, and that may play a role in what transpires. The Bucks may not have improved their shot at a Title.

So what is The Freak smiling about in a recent tweet. Is he signing or not? For the Celtics, Giannis staying in Milwaukee may not be a bad outcome. A trade to a west coast team (Warriors?) may be preferable for Ainge and his team. Miami Heat? That would not be good. They took out Boston this past season, and Antetokounmpo's addition wouldn't help the Celtics standing in the East.

And lastly, back to a possible trade of The Greek Freak to the Celtics. Ainge would not sneer at the idea of bringing in the 6'11" former 2-time MVP and Defensive-Player-of-the-Year. The price would be very high. And the Bucks may be more-prone to sending him out of the Eastern Conference. The clock is ticking. Stay tuned.


 




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