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Potential Landing Spots If Giannis Antetokounmpo Leaves Milwaukee

| September 10, 2020 5:49 am PDT
Potential Landing Spots If Giannis Antetokounmpo Leaves Milwaukee

We can cut the Bucks some clack for not reaching the NBA Finals last season. They ran into the buzz saw that was Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors and came up a couple of games short.

Nevertheless, getting smacked by the Heat in the second round this year after posting the best record in basketball is a tough pill to swallow. The question in Milwaukee now is – was it the final straw that will lead to the Greek Freak bolting town?

Giannis won’t become a free agent until after the 2020-21 season, but Bucks GM Jon Horst needs to brace himself for what could become inevitable by next summer.

Let’s look ahead at three possible landing spots if Giannis Antetokounmpo decides to leave.

Golden State Warriors

Most teams in the NBA don’t have the necessary ammunition to offer what would be considered a reasonable trade for Antetokounmpo. With that being said, the Warriors barrel is fully loaded with a number of desirable pieces.

Steph Curry isn’t going anywhere, and perhaps Klay Thompson is untouchable. But what if GSW packaged Andrews Wiggins, Draymond Green, and the 2nd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, in exchange for Giannis?

If the Horst gets a sniff that the Greek Freak isn’t going to sign a long-term deal, recouping two established commodities plus the 2nd overall pick is about as pleasant as a haul as he could hope for.

Miami Heat

According to a report by Yahoo Sports, it’s an “open secret” in the NBA Bubble that Miami is among the frontrunners in the Antetokounmpo sweepstakes. Despite bottling him up and blasting past Milwaukee 4-1 in the series, it’s hard to deny that Pat Riley wouldn’t be interested in the soon-to-be back-to-back NBA MVP.

The Heat would likely have to remain patient until June and offer him a max deal in free agency, but you know the saying.

“Good things come to those who wait.”

Adding Giannis to a core that includes Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo – now that could be a legitimate dynasty in-the-making.

Dallas Mavericks

Mark Cuban would have to pull some strings – including rid himself of the $130+ million still owed to Kristaps Porzingis through 2024 – but watch out for the Mavericks to throw their hat in the ring.

The thought of the Greek Freak teaming up with Luka Doncic is enough to keep Cuban’s wheel’s spinning at night, but there just might be an opening when next summer arrives.

Courtney Lee and his $12+ million won’t be retained in the upcoming offseason. The Mavs could relinquish Dwight Powell and his $10 million as well and things start opening up. Then when Tim Hardaway Jr.’s $18+ million annual salary can come off the books in 2021, you roll out the red carpet and try to lure Giannis to town.

I know Rick Carlisle is out there smiling somewhere.

Where Will Antetokounmpo’s Play Next?

Do you think the Greek Freak will ultimately leave the Bucks?

I don’t, but former NBA guard Nick Young certainly doesn’t believe Giannis is staying put. And “Swaggy P” is tied into a lot more NBA circles than I am.

On the contrary, Antetokounmpo sounded quite convictive when pressed by media members on the topic of requesting a trade.

“It’s not happening. That’s not happening. Some see a wall and go in another direction. I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually, and get right back at it next season.”

I believe Giannis when he says he won’t request a trade, but that doesn’t mean the front office executives aren’t listening to offers with open ears.

At the end of the day, look for the Bucks to aggressively pursue free agents this summer that’ll significantly boost their roster. Antetokounmpo can get the sense that the current makeup of the squad isn’t good enough to challenge for a title, and the team needs to show him that winning a championship is a priority.

Remember, we’re not talking about a guy with a diva personality who needs to be in a big market like New York or LA. This dude just wants to be the best player he can be and play on a competitive team.

Frankly, he can do that without departing from Milwaukee.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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