Warriors news: Kevin Durant is no longer in Golden State, and even though the Warriors still have their original Big Three of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, the road to the Finals isn’t going to be as easy as it was over the past couple of seasons.
However, the Dubs could be planning to build yet another superteam in a couple of years, as according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, they are a big threat to land Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo once he becomes a free agent in 2021.
“The one team lurking out there — I don’t know how this would happen — but the Warriors have always been the big threat to go after Giannis.
It would be a difficult construction to make happen, but that is the one looming threat. It comes down to what kind of guy is Giannis. What does he want his legacy to be? Is he the kind of guy who stays with one team his entire career and tries to bring a championship to Milwaukee or does he pull a Kevin Durant and go join a group of super friends?”
With the Warriors committed long-term to Curry, Thompson, and Green, it is indeed going to be difficult for them to make room for Antetokounmpo, who is expected to receive a five-year, $247 contract extension offer from the Bucks. In fact, an anonymous member of Milwaukee’s front office confirmed to Sean Deveney of Heavy.com that the team isn’t really concerned about Golden State’s potential pursuit of The Greek Freak.
“Keeping Giannis, it’s a focus obviously. But fighting the Warriors is not a focus. The Warriors are not the concern in the least. They’d have a long way to go to get him to Golden State, they’d have to give away a lot. He has never given any indication that he wants to leave Milwaukee. So a lot of that stuff, it is more chatter than anything.”
Giannis will definitely headline the free agent class of 2021, which will also include guys like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Blake Griffin, and Chris Paul. If Antetokounmpo does decide to leave the Bucks, that will cause yet another seismic shift in the balance of power in the NBA, especially if he decides to join the Warriors.
But for now, his focus is to help the Bucks win a championship next season. Milwaukee is still one of the best teams in the East, and if they win the title in 2020, that could help the Bucks keep Antetokounmpo long-term.
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