Giannis Antetokounmpo declines to star in 'Space Jam 2' with LeBron James

Drew Shiller
NBC Sports BayArea

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LeBron James is going to be the main star of "Space Jam 2," which will hit theaters in July 2021.

With filming and production slated to begin this summer, the four-time NBA MVP is looking for other superstar NBA players to join him on the big screen.

But as ESPN's Brian Windhorst revealed last week, LeBron's "been recruiting players to come and try to be in 'Space Jam' with him this summer, and he hasn't been able to close some of those deals."

On Tuesday, we learned that LeBron will not be closing a deal with MVP frontrunner Giannis Antetokounmpo.

ESPN's Malika Andrews has the details:

Antetokounmpo does make summer modifications to accommodate relaxation and family time. Still, when approached about starring in "Space Jam 2" with LeBron James, Antetokounmpo declined. Being in the film would have required him to give up two weeks of private workouts to train with his fellow stars while making the movie, a total non-starter, given Antetokounmpo's reclusive tendencies.

"I don't like being Hollywood," Antetokounmpo says. "I don't like all this extra drama. I am just going to try to be me."

If the "Greek Freak" doesn't agree to a supermax extension with the Bucks in July 2020, he will become a free agent in the summer of 2021.

Based on these comments, it doesn't appear he will consider signing with the Lakers (or Clippers for that matter).

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Might any Warriors end up in the movie? Kevin Durant? Draymond Green? Any chance Steph Curry has received an invite?

That last one seems doubtful.

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