Bucks agree to $100M deal with An­te­tok­oun­mpo

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jon Krawczyn­ski and Ge­naro C. Ar­mas

The Mil­wau­kee Bucks have agreed to a con­tract ex­ten­sion with Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo, lock­ing up one of the most ver­sa­tile play­ers in the NBA.

The Bucks an­nounced the deal with the for­ward on Monday, and two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the agree­ment told The As­so­ci­ated Press that it was worth four years and $100 mil­lion. The peo­ple spoke to the AP on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team’s an­nounce­ment did not in­clude terms.

Ya­hoo Sports first re­ported de­tails of the ex­ten­sion.

The 6-foot-11 An­te­tok­oun­mpo av­er­aged 16.9 points, 7.7 re­bounds and 4.3 as­sists last season, his third in the league. With his length and ver­sa­til­ity, he has turned into a matchup night­mare for op­po­nents.

The Bucks see An­te­tok­oun­mpo and for­ward Jabari Parker as the build­ing blocks of an emerg­ing fran­chise. The deal en­sures An­te­tok­oun­mpo will be un­der con­tract in 2018, when the team is sched­uled open a new down­town arena.

An­te­tok­oun­mpo has im­proved steadily since be­ing drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft with the 15th over­all pick, con­sid­ered a project out of Greece.

Mil­wau­kee missed the play­offs last season after mak­ing a sur­prise run in 2014-15. But An­te­tok­oun­mpo blos­somed after tak­ing over ball-han­dling du­ties late last season, be­com­ing the first player in fran­chise his­tory to record five triple-dou­bles in a season.

The Bucks open train­ing camp next week in Madi­son, Wis­con­sin.

“In my fourth year, my role is go­ing to be a lot big­ger,” An­te­tok­oun­mpo said in April. “It’s time for me to step up and lead this team.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

The Mil­wau­kee Bucks have agreed to a con­tract ex­ten­sion with Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo, lock­ing up one of the most ver­sa­tile play­ers in the NBA.The Bucks an­nounced the deal Monday.

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