Details On Giannis’ Meeting With Marc Lasry

After Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported over the weekend that Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo met with franchise co-owner Marc Lasry to discuss the direction of the franchise, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has provided a few details on that meeting.

According to Wojnarowski, the three-hour lunch meeting covered both the 2019/20 season and how the Bucks can improve their roster going forward, with the two men brainstorming personnel moves that might be possible this offseason. Lasry confirmed to Antetokounmpo that the Bucks are willing to spend into the luxury tax to make upgrades, Woj notes.

The Bucks’ approach to Malcolm Brogdon‘s free agency last offseason would seem to contradict the assertion that the team is ready and willing to cross the tax threshold, but Milwaukee was known to have some long-term health concerns about Brogdon. Team ownership may also be more comfortable paying an annual tax bill once Giannis has been locked up long-term.

According to Wojnarowski, Antetokounmpo and Lasry agreed to talk again after the reigning MVP returns from vacation.

While speculation figures to run rampant this offseason about Antetokounmpo’s future and the possibility of him changing teams, he said at season’s end that he has no intention of asking to be traded. The Bucks will also retain the ability to pay him significantly more on a long-term deal than any other team can, regardless of exactly how much their super-max extension offer ends up being worth.

Giannis’ current contract runs through the 2020/21 season.

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14 thoughts on “Details On Giannis’ Meeting With Marc Lasry

  1. richt

    Looks like Giannis followed Magic’s advice. Time for Lasry/Edens to put their money where their mouth is. Horst will also need to get pretty creative this offseason to appreciably improve the roster.

  2. goldenmisfit

    He said he has no intentions of asking to be traded that does not mean he is not already asked. He has also unfollowed Milwaukee Bucks and several teammates this is a sign he could be on the move.

    • qbert1996

      That’s your sign he’s leaving? really? He literally unfollowed 114 profiles that day and now only follows his family. It has nothing to do with him leaving the Bucks

    • bdpecore

      This isn’t anything new. Giannis does this every offseason to eliminate all outside distractions so he can focus solely on his family.

  3. Sillivan

    From now on NBA Finals belongs to 10 big citIes

    In west
    Lakers
    Clippers
    Warriors
    Mavs
    Rockets

    Rockets are the only team that scared of luxury tax

    In East
    Nets
    Heat
    Celtics
    76ers
    Raptors

    Knicks and Bulls need 30 years repeating rebuild From year of 2000?
    It remains to be seen

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      Technically that’s 9 big cities, since you’ve got 2 LA teams- but I got you. :) I wouldn’t rule out Dallas returning to the top though or the Bulls becoming good again.

    • The_Commentator

      Not really a bold prediction since 18 of the last 20, 31 of the last 39, and 49 of the last 71 finals have seen one of those teams participate.

    • Thronson5

      Rockets? I don’t know, I just don’t see it, nobody knows anything for sure but I just don’t see it. Not unless they blow that roster up and really change a lot but I don’t see anyone taking Westbrook. Harden and Westbrook work in the regular season but not in the playoffs and that shows. I know a lot of people don’t like Harden but I would love to see the guy get a ring honestly but I don’t see that being in Houston.

    • jeremyn

      The Heat, Warriors and Raps are “big city” teams? Really? lol… explain how the Magic and Cavs made the east finals then… how did the spurs win so many times? Why did a team called the Buffalo Braves (now the clippers) once win a title? Portland was an NBA darling a month ago? Do people think before they write these things?

      • colonel flagg

        When did Buffalo win a title? Bob McAdoo and Ernie D. were good, but I don’t recall them winning any championships with the Braves. They had a good coach for a couple years in Jack Ramsey, but he won his championship in Portland.
        Maybe I missed this one.

  4. The Howler

    Brogdon is injury prone so there may be another reason they did not sign him. He was injured,as per usual, this year and saw his numbers drop considerably from his 50-40-90 year with the Bucks.

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