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Khris Middleton reacts to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s comments on future with Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo made some interesting comments recently. Many now believe that he’s paving the way to leave the team that drafted him. Antetokounmpo let it be known that if he’s not on the same page with his Bucks teammates in terms of having a winning mindset moving forward, that he’ll be open to leaving the team for a better chance to win another championship.

With Antetokounmpo putting the Bucks on the clock, Khris Middleton, who re-signed with the team this summer, reacted to the comments.


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“I think it’s kind of business as usual either way,” Middleton told ESPN in a phone interview. “It doesn’t affect me personally. I don’t think it affects us as a team. I think this is something he said almost every year he’s come up in contract extension talks.”

Middleton doesn’t seem to be all that concerned about Antetokounmpo’s comments. He believes the superstar forward/center is simply putting pressure on the team moving forward.

“We always want him back for sure. Let’s be for sure and let everyone know that. We want this guy to come back because he’s one of the best players in the world. He’s one of the best players in franchise history. So when he says things like that, I think he just wants to challenge the team, the organization, to keep putting us in position to win championships.

“But I think it’s just something that he just wants to keep putting pressure on everybody. And that’s himself also. He’s not just pointing a finger at everybody else saying, ‘You guys have to do this for me. I think he’s putting that pressure on himself to be better, to come in and be great every year. So there’s no pressure on, there’s no added pressure when he says that to us as a team, or me as a person, that I have to be better.”


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Although Middleton isn’t worried about the future in Milwaukee, he probably should be because the margin for error is very thin moving forward. There will be a lot of pressure on the Bucks to win and win now or the trade talk about Antetokounmpo will start to heat up. There are plenty of teams around the league more than willing to go after him if they know he’s available.

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