Since the Miami Heat eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, there have been many questions regarding Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future with the franchise.
Antetokoumpo is coming off winning back to back Most Valuable Player awards, but with one year left on his contract. Almost every other team in the league is collecting assets to pitch the two-time MVP, if he decides to request a trade this off-season.
Despite Antetokoumpo sharing with Yahoo’s Chris Haynes last month, that he would not be requesting any trades.
“It’s not happening. That’s not happening,” Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports.
“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.”
A couple of days after the Bucks season ended, Antetokounmpo unfollowed all of his teammates. It happened to be the same day that he was meeting with Bucks management to discuss his future.
The Los Angeles Lakers are a team that exploring ways to clear up some salary cap space to possibly add a third star to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis next season. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers have asked the league for a career-ending injury application. In order to remove the remainder of Loul Deng’s salary. The two sides agreed on a buyout in 2018, and Lakers are still on the hook until 2022.
Names such as Bradley Beal, Victor Oladipo, and Derrick Rose have been names that have been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers dating back to this past season’s trade deadline.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is also on the Lakers radar.
“The reason the Lakers went out and signed Giannis little-little brother, who got a championship because they want Giannis,” said Ryan Hollins on Instagram Live.
If the Lakers were to directly talk to Giannis, the NBA will fine for tampering, but since Kostas on the team, they have found a loophole.
They can now see where he might lean in free agency or if he might want to request a trade heading into the final year of his contract.
Hollins asked EA Sports’ Creative Director Scott O’Gallagher if the Lakers resigned Anthony Davis and then trade him for Giannis Antetokounmpo would he be upset.
“Yep, said O’Gallagher.
“I mean, would I be crazy upset? But the pairing of LeBron and AD at this point in LeBron’s career is a better pairing. Of course, LeBron and Giannis would be appealing, but they just won a title. Is AD even in his prime yet?”
As O’Gallagher stated it would be appealing to see what LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo could do with the same team, but Giannis doesn’t have a midrange or stretch the floor like Davis can.
“Giannis is a one level scorer. He can’t score at any other level. AD is a three level player,” said O’Gallagher.
Despite only being a one level scorer, God Shammgod believes Giannis is still the best player in the league.
“Arguably, the best player in the league,” God Shammgod tells me.
“Doesn’t shoot jumpers. The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo. I know for a fact that Milwaukee works on dribbling every day and to Giannis’ point, everyone can see that he has made an improvement in dribbling and shooting. Even Anthony Davis is doing “The Shammgod.” So, someone is teaching him how to dribble. I think there are coaches around the league helping players to get better, and I see myself in that category.”