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Playoffs 2019

NBA Playoffs 2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo keen to keep Milwaukee Bucks' squad together: 'I want everyone back'

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The Milwaukee Bucks fell just short of reaching the NBA Finals after losing to the Toronto Raptors in six games, capping off their best season in 18 years.

Winning an NBA-best 60 games, the Bucks took the league by storm behind an MVP-calibre season from Giannis Antetokounmpo and after tasting some playoff success, The Greek Freak wants to run it back next season.

"I want everyone back," Antetokounmpo said via ESPN's Malika Andrews.

"Great fricking team - unselfish players that play basketball the right way. They're winners. We had a great atmosphere. We didn't have no - I want to be polite. I want to say the A-word - we didn't have no buttheads. Obviously, I want everyone back. I am going to let my teammates know that."

Bringing back the whole squad may prove difficult this off-season, with Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Brook Lopez and Nikola Mirotic all set to become free agents, who will likely generate plenty of interest from other teams around the league.

Meanwhile, the Bucks have until July 2 to guarantee backup point guard George Hill's $18 million salary for the 2019/20 season.

Antetokounmpo's All-NBA selection also makes him eligible for a huge payday next off-season, qualifying for a five-year, $247.3 million super-max extension, a deal that would be the biggest in NBA history.

The Bucks have the personnel around Antetokounmpo to mount a title threat next season, but keeping the roster together will be their first test.

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