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Almost immediately after Gordon Hayward signed with the Celtics, the team began plans to purge some money to afford Hayward's four-year, $128 million deal.One of the first players mentioned was 7-foot center Kelly Olynyk, who was in the final year of his four-year rookie contract. The Celtics renounced Olynyk's rights after they came to terms with Hayward. Olynyk has found his new home, and it's still in the Eastern Conference.
As we've seen this NBA offseason, NBA Live Coins and several others, it's hard for small market teams to retain their star players. The biggest case from 2017 was Gordon Hayward, who decided not to stay in Utah and instead, join a title-chasing Celtics in Boston.While speaking about Hayward on the "Russillo Show," MMOgo NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski brought up a player who will have to make a similar decision in a few years: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Bucks fans can relax for now as the Greek Freak signed a 4-year extension last season, but once that contract is up it could be an exit for the young All-Star.
"Milwaukee's going to go through this with the Greek Freak. That day's coming, right? Where he's going to look and say, 'Where is this organization? What are they doing here?' Like, you don't think Giannis has been watching what went on there for the last several months? Of what they allowed to go on with the front office? He's watching it. And the clock has started. Everybody in the league is trying to figure out how they are going to get him out of there. That has started."
With all of the excitement in free agency, it was easy to miss the Bucks' front office drama. As MMOgo's Zach Lowe reported last week, the decision to hire Jon Horst as GM last month was the result of friction among the team's three owners.Two of the three owners wanted to hire Justin Zanik, who essentially was brought in to be the GM-in-waiting.
But the team's third owner, Wes Edens, didn't think Zanik was the man for the job. And as fate would have it, Edens is the team's designated governor, which means he gets the last say on basketball decisions.Eventually the owners decided on Horst, and Zanik left the organization.So, tying this back to Antetokounmpo, the antics within the team's ownership could be a deterrent when the time comes for him to decide whether to stay. Perhaps the Bucks are able to gather themselves by the time that decision comes, but don't be surprised if the Greek Freak decides to go Cheapest nba live mobile coins elsewhere when he becomes a free agent.