On the flip side of Holiday leaving causing Antetokounmpo to do the same is the Bucks flipping their other big contract star, Khris Middleton, whose signing seems to have fired up the Greek Freak’s worries about Milwaukee’s sustainability as a contender.
“I would not be the best version of myself if I don’t know that everybody’s on the same page, everybody’s going for a championship, everybody’s going to sacrifice time away from their family like I do,” Antetokounmpo said to Tania Ganguli of The New York Times. “And if I don’t feel that, I’m not signing.”
Is Antetokounmpo referring to Middleton’s missed time during the 2022-23 season; a campaign in which the wing played just 33 games during the regular season? It’s unclear, but it certainly can come off that way.
Perhaps simply removing Middleton from the Bucks’ equation would bring Antetokounmpo peace of mind. The Boston Celtics would have to consider adding the spot-up threat to a lineup that needs knock-down complementary shooting in that case.