Marc Lasry Rumors
The investigation followed a tense owners meeting, which multiple sources described to ESPN. Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, speaking as the head of the labor committee, discussed the possible need to revisit free-agency rules in the next collective bargaining agreement, sources said. Marc Lasry, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, spoke of his concern of the gray areas of tampering rules; it was lost on no one in the room that Milwaukee’s franchise player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, could be the most sought-after star in free agency in 2021 if he does not sign an extension before then. Other owners expressed frustration that some deals had apparently been agreed to well before the official start of free agency.
“Jon’s strong leadership and savvy decision-making ability have been instrumental as we continue to build the Bucks into a championship-caliber organization,” said Bucks owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan. “He has brought smart processes to our basketball operations and together with Head Coach Mike Budenholzer and President Peter Feigin, Jon has done an incredible job connecting the basketball and business sides of our organization. We are excited about the future of our team and confident in Jon leading us to the highest level.”
Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry said on Tuesday that the organization remains committed to winning an NBA title and that he’s confident they will sign All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to a long-term contract. “Our goal is to keep everybody,” Lasry told The Athletic, three days after the Bucks season ended in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. “And we’re going to do everything in our power to keep the nucleus of our team.”
That is the NBA model nowadays. LeBron James created it and this summer Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler could all follow the same blueprint. Two years from now it will be Antetokounmpo’s turn to make the decision. Lasry, though, is confident that the Bucks and their franchise player are headed for a long-term relationship. “Giannis wants to win, we all want to win,” Lasry says. “He wants to be able to compete for a championship. As long as we stay competitive, I believe he’ll stay here. In fact, other free agents will want to come to Milwaukee to play with Giannis. “All Giannis wants is an opportunity to win. That what we all want.”
“Quite honestly, I’ve fired people in our organization because they can’t get excited about working for a franchise that has a brand new arena (the Fiserv Forum opened in downtown Milwaukee this season), a brand new practice facility, Giannis Antetokounmpo as a superstar, Mike Budenholzer as a head coach and the ownership that we have (Marc Lasry and Wes Edens led the group that bought the Bucks for $550 million in April 2014). And I say, ‘If you can’t get excited, and wake up in the morning to be part of that, then you don’t belong.’ That’s from a staffing perspective, and a player perspective, on down. That’s the culture. That’s the filter that we’ve tried to establish.”
Matt Velazquez: Talked with Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry a little before the Celebrity game here and all-star. Asked if he’s connecting with former Buck and today-teammate Ray Allen. Lasry joked(?) if Allen makes him MVP tonight he’ll have the Bucks sign him out of retirement.