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Antetokoun­mpo won’t say whether he will sign supermax offer


MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokoun­mpo praised the “amazing” moves the Milwaukee Bucks have made to improve the team, but the two-time reigning MVP stopped short Wednesday of saying he would sign a supermax contract extension offer.

“Right now I’m not focusing on that,” Antetokoun­mpo said during his first preseason discussion with reporters. “I know my agent, Alex ( Saratsis), and ( general manager) Jon Horst and the Bucks ownership are focusing on those discussion­s. I’m just trying to focus on myself and how I can get better, how I can help my teammates be better, how I can be ready Saturday to play our first preseason game.”

Antetokoun­mpo, who turned 26 last week, would be able to receive up to 35% of the salary cap with an 8% escalation each year of the deal under a supermax extension. The Bucks were able to offer a five- year deal worth over $ 220 million.

He has until Dec. 21 to sign the extension, or else he will be eligible to become a free agent after the 2020- 21 season. Antetokoun­mpo said he is letting his agent handle any contract discussion­s.

“I’m not going to lie to you,” Antetokoun­mpo said. “I’m not the type of player who talks with his agent five times a week or seven times a week.”

The Bucks spent the offseason trying to upgrade their roster, with mixed success, after they posted the NBA’s best regularsea­son record in each of the last two years only to fall short in the playoffs.

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