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Giannis Antetokounmpo's Next Contract Could Be Largest in NBA History

TORONTO, ONTARIO - MAY 19: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks high fives Brook Lopez #11 during the second half in game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on May 19, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The NBA released their coveted All-NBA teams, honoring the best players from the regular season. To no ones surprise, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was named to the All-NBA first team. Although Giannis' focus remains on getting his team to their first NBA Finals since the early 1970s, he surely knows of what this announcement means for his future contract. Or at least his agent does.

Named to two consecutive All-NBA teams, Antetokounmpo is now eligible to receive the largest contract in NBA history. After an incredbile season that earned him both All-NBA honors and an MVP nomination, Giannis is going to get paid this Summer.

Antetokounmpo is already signed to a contract with the Bucks that earns him $25 million up until 2021, when he would become an unrestricted free agent. Now, due to his accomplishments over the past two seasons, Giannis has the chance to make nearly $50 million a year over five years. That's certainly worth it for the Bucks.

Giannis has completely revived the Bucks franchise. And after two straight amazing seasons, Giannis has set himself up to become the highest paid athlete in NBA history.

Giannis has arguably become the most dominant player in the entire league. In addition to being a dominant force on offense, averaging the third most points per game in the NBA, he was also named to the first-team All-Defense team this year.

With a potential trip to the finals and MVP award on the horizon for Giannis, him earning the largest contract in the league's history makes sense. If he can add an NBA championship to his long list of achievements for this season, the contract extension will just be an added bonus.