Bucks’ Big 3 Here to Stay

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday have Milwaukee on the cusp of its first title since 1971.

The trio that combined for 88 points in the Bucks’ comeback Game 5 win are a bona fide Big Three — and Milwaukee ponied up the cash to assemble it, paying a combined $85.7 million this season.

  • Antetokounmpo ($27.5M): five-year, $228M extension begins next season and runs through ’26
  • Middleton ($33M): in second year of five-year, $177.5M contract through ’24
  • Holiday ($25.2M): four-year, $134M extension begins next season and runs through ‘25

The East needs to Fear the Deer: Locked in together until at least 2024, their current title run could be the first of several.

Their biggest hurdle is the NBA’s most notable Big Three: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden, who are all Nets through 2023.

Brooklyn paid them a combined $113.5M this season, though they’re watching the Finals at home.

  • Harden (41.2M): in second of four-year, $171M contract through ’23
  • Durant ($39M): in second of four-year, $164M contract through ’23
  • Irving (33.3M): in second of four-year, $136.5M contract through ’23

Antetokounmpo, Middleton, Holiday, and the rest of the Bucks host the Suns for Game 6 on Tuesday.