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Middleton not concerned about Giannis' future: It's business as usual

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Khris Middleton isn't too concerned about Giannis Antetokounmpo despite the two-time MVP recently questioning his long-term future with the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I think it's kind of business as usual either way," Middleton told ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "It doesn't affect me personally. I don't think it affects us as a team. I think this is something he said almost every year he's come up in contract extension talks.

"We always want him back, for sure. Let's be for sure and let everyone know that. We want this guy to come back because he's one of the best players in the world. He's one of the best players in franchise history. So when he says things like that, I think he just wants to challenge the team, the organization, to keep putting us in position to win championships.

Antetokounmpo has two years remaining on his contract but is eligible to sign a three-year extension worth approximately $169 million, according to ESPN.

The Greek Freak said in August that he won't sign a new deal with the Bucks unless "everybody's on the same page."

Antetokounmpo added in September that he's willing to leave the franchise if a better opportunity for a title presents itself.

Still, Middleton maintained that Antetokounmpo is only trying to get the best out of himself.

"He's not just pointing a finger at everybody else saying, 'You guys have to do this for me.' I think he's putting that pressure on himself to be better, to come in and be great every year," Middleton said. "There's no added pressure when he says that to us as a team, or me as a person, that I have to be better."

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