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Giannis Antetokounmpo opened up about his decision to sign a supermax contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Antetokounmpo said he didn’t want his teammates and coaching staff to have pressure on whether he would leave the team or not.

“I didn’t want the pressure. Not me, personally; I can deal with pressure. I didn’t want the pressure on my teammates and my coaching staff.

Going out there and losing a game, and people are talking about ‘Oh, he’s leaving. Oh, he’s staying. Oh, they didn’t play well. Oh, he’s out of there.’ That’s adding more pressure to what we’re trying to accomplish here.

The goal is to win a championship. So going through a year of pressure is almost throwing out the year while I’m entering my prime. I’m not throwing out a year,” Antetokounmpo said, per ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth, via Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report.

Antetokounmpo signed a five-year, supermax extension with the Bucks, worth $228.2M.