The Milwaukee Buck succeeded in convincing NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo to stay on for the next five years with a $228.2 million contract, the largest so far in pro basketball, thus fuelling their title aspirations.
Close behind were the LA Clippers team, owned by Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer, that retained the services of All-Star guard/forward Paul George with a $226-million maximum contract extension.
Under his contract, Giannis will average $45.6 million yearly – more than the $44.5 million of Lebron James with the Lakers and Portland star Damien Lillard’s $44.1 million.
George, 30, is prized as he is a six-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA player.
An MVP contender in the 2018-2019 season, George was acquired by the Clippers in July 2019 to backstop Kawhi Leonard. But their partnership didn’t fare out too well as they lost out to the Lakers, with Lebron James, as the best team in Lala Land.
George is one of only four active NBA players with at least 13,000 points, 4,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists and 1,500 3-pointers.
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