The Milwaukee Bucks have retained small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo on a long-term deal, the team confirmed on Monday.
According to sources, Antetokounmpo signed a four-year deal worth $100 million to stay at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The deal, which is expected to be finalised on Tuesday, will see the 21-year-old earn slightly less than the maximum salary, which would have been $106 million over four years.
Nonetheless, the Bucks will be delighted to have retained the services of the Athens native as he has quickly become one of the most exciting young talents in the NBA.
Antetokounmpo, who averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per game last season, is expected to be the team’s point guard at times in the upcoming season thanks to his sensational ball handling skills.
"We're going to go forward with him [Giannis] handling the ball," Bucks head coach Jason Kidd had said in March. "You can call him point guard, point forward, point center. … With him having the ball and the pressure he puts on the defense and his ability to find guys, it's been a plus for us."
The No. 15 overall selection in the 2013 draft, Antetokounmpo played for Filathlitikos in Greece prior to being drafted by Milwaukee.