It didn't take long for Giannis Antetokounmpo to address the elephant in the interview room at Fiserv Forum.
"I'm not gonna talk about it a lot this season, and I'm not going to try to address it," said Antetokounmpo, the NBA's reigning MVP, of what could happen next summer.
Antetokounmpo, 24, is eligible to sign a five-year, $253.75 million supermax extension in the summer of 2020 with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks, which would be the largest in NBA history.
This would apply even if Antetokounmpo fails to earn All-NBA honors this season, but his focus remains on team goals.
"I feel like if you have a great team, and our goal is to win a championship and be the last team standing and get better each day, I think it's disrespectful towards my teammates talking about my free agency and what I'm going through," Antetokounmpo said. "So when the time is right, we're all gonna talk about it. I don't think the time is right."
Antetokounmpo would leave behind more than $90 million if he signs elsewhere with a team that has cap space in 2021, which could only offer $161.3 million for up to four years.