It was announced Giannis Antetokounmpo won his second straight NBA MVP award Friday morning. The Milwaukee Bucks superstar also won DPOY making him only the third player in NBA history to win both MVP and DPOY (Hakeem Olajuwon 1993-94, Michael Jordan 1987-88).
The big topic all throughout the 2019-20 season has been about the now back-to-back MVP's future. Will he stay in Milwaukee or go elsewhere?
After it was announced he was the 2020 NBA MVP, he joined TNT's Ernie Johnson to talk about the award and his future in Milwaukee.
"As long as everybody's on the same page and as long as everybody's fighting for the same thing, fighting for the same thing every single day, which is to be a champion, I don't see why not to be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years," Antetokounmpo said.
He also made a comment that made it seem like he hasn't ruled anything out.
"I have two great agents... I know they're gonna put me in the best situation to be successful," Antetokounmpo said. "With the team or another team."
"But at the end of the day I had a great conversation with the owner and as I know so far we are on the same page... but at the end of the day we gotta want the same thing which is a championship."
Antetokounmpo is slated to be a free agent after the 2020-21 season but if he did decide it was time to move on from Milwaukee he could request a trade and hold the league hostage this offseason. Following the Bucks Game 5 elimination in the second round by the Miami Heat, he made it seem like he wasn't going anywhere.
"It's not happening. That's not happening," Antetokounmpo said. "Some see a wall and go in (another direction). I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season."
An interesting series of events followed after that, though. He unfollowed his teammates and the Bucks team account on Instagram and some on Twitter. Then it was reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports that the same day, Giannis met with ownership to discuss his future and the future of the franchise.
On Sept. 10, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the Bucks would offer Antetokounmpo the five-year supermax extension as soon as free agency begins.
We'll have to wait and see what the back-to-back MVP decides to do but there's nothing wrong with keeping his options open.