Become a supermax player
Accolades lead to awards, and in December 2020, Antekounmpo signed the Most lucrative supermax contract in NBA history.
For those who don’t know, supermax contracts were introduced three years ago and were designed to allow smaller market teams to retain their top talent.
To be eligible, players must have recently won MVP, Defensive Player of the Year or been part of an All-NBA team. The “Greek Freak” was the ideal candidate and the Bucks took full advantage of it.
While 228.2 million dollars (190.5 million euros) is an eye-watering amount of money for a five-year contract, most consider it fair value for the 26-year-old basketball superstar.
Above all, they retained the services of a two-time league MVP, ensuring they maintain a chance to bring a first title in the city.
But the Wisconsin franchise will continue to benefit off the court by having in its ranks the man many call “the face of the NBA.” Shirts will sell and talent will be easier to recruit.
In short, Milwaukee succeeded where Cleveland couldn’t retain its star talent, when LeBron was looking for pastures new.