The Golden State Warriors may not want to wager it all for two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, but they may have the best package to do so.
If Giannis Antetokounmpo wants out of Milwaukee after several consecutive failures in the postseason, many of the league’s top franchises will be calling, offering a massive bundle of assets in return. The Warriors may be no different.
What is different about the Warriors is what assets they’ll be able to offer.
After losing Kevin Durant last offseason, the Warriors were able to bring in Karl-Anthony Towns’ friend D’Angelo Russell. The Wolves, in an attempt to build their future and appease their star, traded for Russell.
They gave Golden State a 2021 protected first-round pick. That pick would be a major trading point for Milwaukee.
With that pick, small forward Andrew Wiggins, the team’s No. 2 overall pick in the coming draft, and then anything else the Wolves would value, the Warriors may be able to pull off the trade of the decade.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne thinks that package may be better than any other offer the Bucks would get for their two-time MVP.
“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),” Shelburne said on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky.”
She’s not wrong. They have everything it should take. Without including Klay Thompson, the Warriors may not be able to give enough though.
All of their trade capital and Wiggins would only be enough if a team like Miami isn’t willing to include players like Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo. The Bucks may prefer young, up-and-coming players over the draft capital, but that’s difficult to tell so early in the offseason.
Giannis averaged over 29 points per game last season. He won his second MVP, and with that, he was able to also secure the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award. The young versatile forward has all the traits to lead a franchise for the long haul.
Curry would age well with Giannis leading the charge, keeping the Warriors dynasty in place. It’s worth it, but when Klay Thompson gets involved, then it’s difficult to predict what Golden State would do.