After losing in the second round for a second straight season, the Bucks informed franchise star Giannis Antetokounmpo that they’re willing to spend into the luxury tax this offseason to improve the roster, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
During a three-hour during lunch on Friday, Antetokounmpo and Bucks co-owner and governor Marc Lasry discussed the team’s disappointing end to the season, potential roster upgrades and agreed to meet again after Giannis’ vacation, per Woj.
The Bucks are expected to offer Antetokounmpo a super-max extension worth between $220 million and $250 million over five years. Antetokounmpo can either sign the extension or become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
In the past, Milwaukee has demonstrated an unwillingness to spend into the luxury tax. Last offseason, the Bucks decided against re-signing restricted free agent Malcolm Brogdon—instead executing a sign-and-trade with the Pacers for a future first-round pick and two second-round picks.