UPDATE: Sept. 12, 8:22 p.m. — Antetokounmpo met with ownership for the Bucks to discuss his future, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported Saturday. This comes after an uproar over Giannis unfollowing teammates on Instagram was pointed out on social media. So the fact the two sides are meeting to discuss his future this early after the team being eliminated is noteworthy. It’s going to be a long offseason and Antetokounmpo seemed to make it clear he wants to stay.
Usually I don’t buy into petty things pertaining to social media and athletes. I’m willing to make an exception when it comes to NBA superstars. Giannis Antetokounmpo came out after the Milwaukee Bucks were ousted from the postseason claiming he isn’t going anywhere. We’ve heard this from NBA superstars plenty of times before becoming free agents and bolting. So of course we’re going to make a big deal about Giannis unfollowing Bucks players on Instagram.
Giannis Antetokounmpo unfollowed ALL of his Bucks teammates on Instagram. He’s only following 9 people.— Dionysis Aravantinos (@AravantinosDA) September 12, 2020
First I’ll say this could be ABSOLUTELY nothing. “It probably is, Martin. It probably is!” For all we know Giannis is rebranding his Instagram image or something dumb and had to unfollow people temporarily. Maybe he’s just cutting down on followers in general. I’ve got plenty of high-profile media friends who don’t follow me for whatever reason. So let’s not overreact or anything, like writing an entire story on how Giannis unfollowed teammates on Instagram. Oh wait.
Above is a link to why I think Milwaukee should ship Giannis out before he hits free agency. Perhaps it won’t be the Bucks having to make that decision after all. The Bucks have lost in the playoffs in four straight seasons. Twice with Jason Kidd in the first round before Mike Budenholzer was unable to get the Bucks to the Finals the past two seasons. The inability to at least make it to the Conference Finals as the best team in the NBA was concerning. Thus, the Giannis trade rumors started swirling after the Bucks went down 3-0 to the Miami Heat in the second round.
Giannis has one year left on his current contract and can become an unrestricted free agent after next season. The trade rumors are mostly because many believe the Bucks won’t be able to retain the Greek Freak in free agency with basically the entire NBA trying to sign him. So why not deal him with one year left and recoup some assets instead of losing him for nothing (like the Cavaliers with LeBron James).