For many basketball fans, the idea of Antetokounmpo leaving the Bucks – especially after their 2021 championship triumph – might seem far-fetched. However, rumors this offseason indicate that the star forward is eager to join a franchise that is unequivocally committed to title aspirations. While he is currently locked into a five-year, $228 million contract with Milwaukee, a player option in the 2025-26 season could pave the way for an early exit.
If Antetokounmpo were to opt out, he could align perfectly with the New York Knicks’ championship aspirations. Given that he is among the NBA’s elite and boasts a career full of accolades, the Knicks are reportedly considering a transformational acquisition.
What strengthens the Knicks’ position in this potential chase? The advantageous contracts of their key players. Stars like Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle currently have very beneficial deals for the team’s financial flexibility. To strike a deal for a player of Antetokounmpo’s stature, the Knicks could potentially explore restructuring their cap space, perhaps starting with Fournier’s contract considerations.