Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo can be an unrestricted free agent after the 2020-21 season, at which point the Knicks -- and any other team with cap space -- would fall all over themselves trying to sign him.
But is Giannis ready to commit to the Bucks for the rest of his career, potentially killing any other team's dream of signing him?
"As long as everybody's on the same page and as long as everybody's fighting for the same thing, fighting for the same thing every single day, which is to be a champion, I don't see why not to be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years," he said Friday, according to Eric Nehm of The Athletic.
Antetokounmpo, who just secured his second-straight MVP award, might be saying positive things about the Bucks in public, but reports earlier in September linked him to the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors.
With Giannis at his peak, the Bucks have been taken down in the playoffs the last two seasons -- losing to the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2018-19 and falling to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2019-20 in the bubble.
Whether or not the Knicks have any shot to lure Giannis if he hits free agency remains to be seen, and the Bucks don't have a ton of time left when it comes to locking him up before he's able to flirt with other teams.