The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to find a way to keep one of their most versatile players, Giannis Antetokounmpo on board for another five years.
Mr Antetokounmpo will be eligible for a super-max contract during off season, projected to be worth $254 million over five years.
The coronavirus pandemic however has thrown a wrench is what may have been a smoother transaction.
The NBA was forced to suspend the season for some time which may throw the Bucks off their game. The team also had to lose guards Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton after testing positive for coronavirus.
Regardless on where Milwaukee ends up at the end of the season, the ‘Greek Freak’ may have other reasons to avoid signing.
Mr Antetokounmpo’s age and talent means he may be able to request a maximum salary every year for the foreseeable future.
Remaining relatively healthy during his seven year career thus far is also a plus for him, but it seems even he gets unlucky with a major injury, he could still be offered a big payday.
His finesse on the court has given him the kind of rare leverage that LeBron James and Kevin Durant had when they signed 1+1 contracts in recent years.
Only four players in the league have signed super-max contract extensions to date: James Harden, John Wall, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry.