The Golden State Warriors have the assets, behind Klay Thompson, to trade for Giannis Antetokounmpo. Or, do they?
Many analysts have made it known that Giannis Antetokounmpo would be a worthy trade target. They’ve also made it known that many would give Warriors’ shooing guard Klay Thompson, a five-time All-Star, for the league’s reigning MVP.
There should be a side that doesn’t even think that’ll push the pin for the player that could be the face of the league for a decade to come.
The potential for a trade then stems from the fact that Giannis could grow unhappy in the small-market Bucks organization. If that does happen though, the Warriors wouldn’t be the only team in the race for the superstar.
While he’s made no assertion of that, assuming that shouldn’t be overly insane. However, as the Bucks are the only team that can offer him the supermax, Giannis should have to tell them he won’t re-sign before being traded.
Then, and only then, does a Klay Thompson trade come into play. Thompson has been a staple for the Warriors over their dynasty, one that has spanned at least five years and looks to continue into the future.
Thompson has blossomed into one of the greatest shooters in league history. After all, he does hold the record for most threes in a game, and his ability to score without drilling often has awed fans as well. He’s an elite catch-and-shoot player.
But, just like every analyst goes into when discussing this topic, it’s for Giannis. Giannis is going to be the best player in the league in the next few seasons, if he’s not there already. He’s nearing 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists per game.
That’s not even talking about his enhanced ability to shoot from deep. He’s turned into the complete package, and if Warrior fans are being honest with themselves, they should realize there’s no a player in the league that’s as valuable to a fanbase as he is.
That said, given how he plays and who he’s become, there’s not a chance a Klay Thompson-based package should be enough to lure the Bucks into trading Giannis unless he notes that he wants out of Milwaukee.