Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo refuses to commit to contract extension

Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo praised the “amazing” steps the Milwaukee Bucks have taken to make the team better. However, he would not say Wednesday when asked if he would sign a supermax contract extension offer from the team.

“I’m not focusing on that at the moment,” Antetokounmpo said in his first pre-season talk with reporters.

Antetokounmpo, who turned 26 last week, could see his contract increase by up to 35 percent of the salary cap as part of a supermax extension, with an 8 percent annual increase for the length of the deal.

The Bucks offered a five-year contract valued at more than $220 million.

The two-time reigning MVP has until December 21 to sign the extension, otherwise he would be considered a free agent after the 2020-21 season.

He said he would allow contract talks to resume after the 2020-21 season.

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