Milwaukee Bucks: Grading Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s new two-year deal

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After several days of radio silence between the two sides, the Milwaukee Bucks officially reached an agreement with a fan favorite to return next season.

First reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks have signed Thanasis Antetokounmpo to a new two-year deal that will keep him around in Milwaukee. It always seemed clear-cut that this deal between the two sides would get done sooner or later, and as the Bucks continue putting the finishing touches on their retooled roster, they assured fans that “Thanasty” would not be going anywhere anytime soon.

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The reigning world champion will return to Milwaukee for his third season with the Bucks next year, and he will certainly be as energized as the rest of us after the team ended their 50-year title drought this past season.

In the meantime, let us take a closer look at the deal itself, with how it looks from a financial perspective, how the forward will fit with the team following their busy year, and finishing it off with an overall grade on the move.

The financial value of Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s new two-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks

The financial specifics of this new deal between the Bucks and Thanasis were entirely unknown following the initial reporting.

Yet, many managed to put two and two together and come to the conclusion that it would likely be another team-friendly deal. HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto confirmed that speculation on Saturday when he reported that the deal would be worth $3.6 million over two years, with the second being a player option. That is just a tick more than what they have him during the 2019 offseason, so a similar deal this time around made sense all the same.

With very little financial flexibility left to utilize after their handful of free agency dealings, bringing back Thanasis on a deal like this is a solid move. It certainly will not break the bank with the team’s payroll already through the roof, and bringing back another household name on a deal that works well for both sides will not cause too much controversy. As the Bucks continue putting the final touches on their roster, Thanasis was practically guaranteed a spot, and on a deal like this, there is not much to complain about.