The Bucks will retain star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo through at least 2024–25 after the two-time MVP signed a five-year contract extension with Milwaukee on Tuesday. And while keeping the franchise icon was of utmost importance to the Bucks, signing Antetokounmpo did not exactly come cheap.
Tuesday's supermax extension is worth $228.2 million over five seasons and starts in 2021–22, after Antetokounmpo finishes the final year of his current deal at $27.5 million in 2019–20. So where does Antetokounmpo's contract check in on the all-time leaderboard?
Check out the 10 largest contracts in NBA history below:
1. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers: $257 million over six years
Portland's superstar point guard signed a four-year extension worth nearly $200 million in June 2019. The four years were added on to the final two years of Lillard's previous deal, keeping him with the Blazers through 2024–25.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks: $255.6 over six years
Antetokounmpo will earn $27.5 million in 2020–21 before his mammoth extension kicks in. With his future now secure, perhaps Antetokounmpo will claim his first Larry O'Brien trophy in June.
3. Russell Westbrook, Thunder: $233 million over six years
The Wizards now hold the final three years of Westbrook's deal following a trade with Houston on Dec. 2. Westbrook originally signed a $205 million extension with the Thunder in September 2017, pairing the extension with the $28 million remaining on his previous deal.
4. James Harden, Rockets: $228 million over six years
Harden signed what was at the time the largest contract in NBA history after receiving a four-year extension in July 2017. He now has two years left on his contract, though his days in Houston appear to be numbered.
5. Paul George, Thunder: $226 million over five years
The Clippers have doubled down on the Paul George–Kawhi Leonard tandem after a dispiriting exit from the NBA bubble. George signed a four-year extension on Dec. 10, guaranteeing him $226 million over the next five years.
6. Steph Curry, Warriors: $201 million over five years
The two-time MVP became a $200 million man in June 2017 after his second Finals victory. Curry is now eligible for another max extension that could pay him $156 million beginning in 2022–23, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.
7. Klay Thompson, Warriors: $190 million over five years
8. Anthony Davis, Lakers: $190 million over five years
Anthony Davis's Finals brilliance was rewarded with a five-year extension on Dec. 3. Teammate LeBron James signed an extension of his own on Dec. 2, keeping him in Los Angeles through the 2022–23 season.
9. Khris Middleton, Bucks: $178 million over five years
Milwaukee now holds two of the richest 10 contracts in NBA history following Antetokounmpo's extension. Middleton signed his $178 million deal in June 2019.
10. Blake Griffin, Clippers: $173 million over five years
Griffin assumed he'd be a Clipper for life after signing a five-year deal in June 2017. But Steve Balmer's change in plans led to Griffin's exile to Detroit, where the Pistons now look to win their first playoff series since 2008.