Nearly four months after making light work of their team in the first round of the 2021-2022 NBA playoffs, Giannis Antetokounmpo has offered Chicago Bulls' fans an olive branch of sorts.
In response to a question from Lou Canellis of Fox 32 News about him one day suiting up for his I-94 rival, the Milwaukee Bucks' superstar pledged allegiance to his current employer.
But not before he gave Bulls fans something to run away with.
“I think anybody you ask that question that plays basketball, if he said no, he’d be a liar,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s a team that won multiple championships. It’s a team that one of the greatest players, if not the greatest player, played for.
“It’s a no-brainer. Everybody would love to play for Chicago. Down the line, you never know. You never know how life brings it. Maybe I play for Chicago.”
Antetokounmpo signed a five-year, $228.2 max contract extension with the Bucks two years ago. And he won’t hit the open market for another four summers — unless he declines his $51.9 million player option in 2025. By then, he’ll be 32 years old and entering the 14th year of his already well-decorated career.
It’s debatable if the two-time MVP, Finals MVP, and former Defensive Player of the Year will be the same force of nature at that point in time. But, then again, DeMar DeRozan just engineered what was arguably his best season as a pro at the same age. So, evidently, anything’s possible.
Or, at least, that’s what Giannis Antetokounmpo wants everyone to believe.