Giannis Antetokounmpo is on record saying that he is not going to demand a trade from the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason after the team was ousted out of the playoffs by the Miami Heat in the second round.
Ramona Shelburne thinks the Milwaukee Bucks could do it anyway, and send him to the Golden State Warriors.
“For two years, we’ve heard the drumbeat of the Warriors with Giannis,” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky” show. “If he doesn’t sign the extension (this offseason), Milwaukee’s got a decision to make.
“Can you risk it? Can you play it out with him (next season) and just hope he re-signs with you (after next season), or do you have to look to move him? And which teams would have the best package?
“From where I’m sitting guys, that’s the Warriors. They have the best package. People get so upset when I say that, but they do. They have the trade exception, they have (Andrew) Wiggins, they have this year’s pick (No. 2 overall), they have next year’s Minnesota pick (top-three protected in 2021, unprotected in 2022).
“Maybe you even have to talk about Klay Thompson or Draymond (Green) being in a package like that, too. But they have a great package if it comes down to it.”
Shelburne went on to say that she expects the Bucks to ride it out and not trade the two-time NBA MVP if he turns down the supermax extension and elects to wait until free agency in 2021 to make a decision about his future.
The 6-foot-11, 25-year-old sensation averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists in the 2019-20 season, while logging 30.4 minutes per game.
Antetokounmpo is the first to win back-to-back MVPs since Steph Curry in 2015 and 2016.