Giannis Antetokounmpo says free agent Jabari Parker "ain't going nowhere"

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With their season coming to an end with a second consecutive first-round playoff exit, the Milwaukee Bucks will now head into the summer looking to make big decisions to move the team forward.

Their biggest move will involve bringing in a permanent head coach as Joe Prunty took the reigns on an interim basis for the rest of the year once Jason Kidd was fired in January.

On the playing side, the Bucks will have to address the future of Jabari Parker who will be a restricted free agent.

As he was rehabbing from a second ACL injury at the beginning of the campaign, Milwaukee elected not to offer him an extension on his rookie contract as he was seeking a max contract which they were unwilling to give him.

Since returning from injury in January, Parker has only shown flashes of the great form he had for much of last season before he cruelly suffered another ACL tear.

He's had to come off the bench and has struggled to find a consistent role on the team playing alongside the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe.

According to some reports, the Bucks came very close to trading him at the deadline in February and it seems that his chances of remaining with the franchise are slim.

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The team's superstar Antetokounmpo, however, doesn't believe that's the case and expects to see his teammate wearing a Milwaukee uniform again next season.

“Jabari ain’t going nowhere,” he said, per Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“He’s going to be here and he’s going to be ready for next season. And we will be all excited and playing in the new arena. And everyone is going to be having fun.”

Rather than knowing what's going to happen, this could be a message from the Greek Freak to the front office in the hope of possibly influencing them to re-sign the small forward.

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The 24-year-old is talented but two major injuries leave long-term questions for the Bucks.

Parker expressed frustration at seeing limited playing time in the opening two playoff games against the Celtics and that again raised doubts over his future in Wisconsin.

"I'm human. I deserve to be out there... I'm not going to handle it well, I have feelings," he said, per NBC Sports. "I've been waiting two years, I've been waiting all that time and to see myself get cut short, no one is going to handle that the right way."

It's difficult to see the former Duke product having many suitors but with Antetokounmpo seemingly keen to see him remain a Buck, it could prompt the organisation to make him an offer to keep their All-Star happy.

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