With reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021, there will be plenty of talk surrounding if he will leave the Milwaukee Bucks or sign with another team.
There have been reports about the Golden State Warriors being among the teams who will make a run for the the Greek Freak, but what could the Dubs offer to land Antetokounmpo?
NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh says if the Bucks ask for Klay Thompson in a potential deal for Antetokounmpo: (h/t NBC Bay Area’s Grant Liffman)
“Klay Thompson is a really really great player, but he is not potentially the GOAT in the NBA,” Haberstroh said. “When you look at Giannis Antetokounmpo and what he is doing at this age when he hasn’t really figured out a jump shot yet, we are talking an all-time great player. So yes, if we are talking Klay Thompson with Andrew Wiggins in a package with the No. 1 pick, or whatever the top pick would be for the Warriors this year, I think that package you’d put on the table for Giannis Antetokounmpo because he is that good, he is that transformative and you put him with Steph Curry ... It has vibes of 2016 and Kevin Durant coming to the Warriors then.”
Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 season after tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, but he is expected to be healthy for the start of next year. It may take Thompson some time to work off the rust of not playing in a game over roughly 18 months if next season starts in December.
If I was general manager Bob Myers, I would absolutely do the deal, as much as Klay is beloved by Dubs fans.
Antetokounmpo is five years younger than Thompson, and as Haberstroth points out, is that he still improving his game. Antetokounmpo would give the Warriors an MVP candidate for the next 10 seasons, and take over as the face of the franchise as Steph Curry gets later into his career.
What do you think of Habersoth’s trade proposal of Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and the 2020 first round pick? Would you be willing to part with Klay if it means landing Antetokounmpo?
On to some more links:
With the Dubs season officially over, it’s time to get to work on a busy offseason. The Press Democrat’s Janie McCauley previews what the Warriors need to do get back into championship contention next year.
Golden State will need a couple of younger players to continue improving and be contributors next year. Cameron Fields of Warriors Wire says Damion Lee could take on a similar role as the retired Shaun Livingston.
The Dubs got some good news about the Andre Iguodala trade exception. ESPN’s Bobby Marks says the league will extend the deadline to use the $17.2 million exception until late October.