Bucks’ GM Opens Up on the Impact of Offseason Moves on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Decision to Re-sign

Published 01/14/2021, 11:30 PM EST
Dec 25, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) brings the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors during a NBA game at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since Giannis Antetokounmpo bloomed into an NBA superstar, the Milwaukee Bucks have become relevant again. However, the Bucks are yet to achieve anything major in the playoffs under Giannis’ leadership. This led to most people anticipating that the Greek Freak will be on his way out of Milwaukee pretty soon.

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But as we all know, Giannis re-signed with the Bucks for a humongous deal. He will remain a member of the Bucks for the next 5 years and will try to bring some hardware to the city.

Did the offseason moves by Bucks convince Giannis Antetokounmpo to stay?

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Jan 8, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with forward Khris Middleton (22) against the Utah Jazz at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

During the offseason, it was clear that Milwaukee was trying everything in their power to convince Giannis to stay. But most believed it was too little too late for the organization. Bucks’ GM Jon Horst revealed his thoughts about the same in an interview. He said:

I think it helped, I think it mattered. Again you go back to the foundation that had been built and so much that was in place. Starting with the ownership and the way they’ve invested in the team and coach Bud and his staff the success that we had. I think those things played a major part, of course.”

Horst further talked about the moves that he and the front office made during the offseason. He revealed:

The idea behind it was to make the team as best as we could and to make the right moves to try to continue to improve. And I don’t think we did that because we were trying to convince Giannis [Antetokounmpo] to stay, we did that because it’s our job.”

Are Giannis and the Bucks still the best team in the East?

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Over the last two seasons, the Bucks have locked the East, at least in the regular season. But come playoff time, they have struggled to get past their opponents. Additionally, this year promises to be a bloodbath in the Eastern Conference.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) attempts a basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

There are multiple teams that have the potential to advance to the NBA Finals. Of course, the Giannis Antetokounmpo led Bucks are one of the favorites, but they have some pretty tough competition.

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Considering the recent moves in the league, it is hard to label Milwaukee as the best team in the East. What are your thoughts on this? Do you believe Giannis Antetokounmpo made the right decision by resigning with the Bucks?

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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