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Giannis hints he may leave Bucks for future challenges

Giannis Antetokounmpo has openly expressed his love for Milwaukee, but also hints that he may leave the Bucks for a future challenge.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has openly expressed his love for Milwaukee, but also hints that he may leave the Bucks for a future challenge.
Maddie MeyerAFP

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been vocal about his love for Milwaukee, but he has also hinted that his future may not lie with the Bucks.

He signed a contract extension with the Bucks last year, and his relationship with the team developed further after they clinched their first NBA championship in half a century.

But this relationship may not last forever. In an interview with GQ magazine, the Greek power forward shared that he could leave the Bucks in the future to face challenges somewhere else.

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'What's the next challenge?'

“One challenge was to bring a championship here and we did,” the 26-year-old said. “It was very hard, but we did. Very, very hard. I just love challenges. What’s the next challenge? The next challenge might not be here.

“Me and my family chose to stay in the city that we all love and has taken care of us- for now. In two years, that might change. I’m being totally honest with you. I’m always honest. I love this city. I love this community. I want to help as much as possible.”

Agent interprets Gianni's words

But Antetokounmpo’s longtime agent Alex Saratsis has a different take on the two-time MVP’s remarks. He interpreted the player’s comments to mean that the issue is more about encountering fresh challenges rather than leaving the team.

“I don’t think it’s, 'I’m thinking about leaving the Bucks,' Saratsis told GQ. “But I think he’s genuinely like ‘Okay, I have reached the pinnacle. The next challenge is, let’s repeat.’ But what happens if you do repeat? What’s the next challenge? What is that next barrier? When you think about it from a basketball perspective, by the age of 26, this kid has accomplished everything.”

For the moment, the five-time NBA All-Star may have enough of a challenge on his hands- lifting Milwaukee from its current 6-8 record and leading the team to its second straight NBA championship.

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