4. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks may be the team most under pressure entering the 2023-24 season. Following recent comments from their two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, rival teams are circling waiting for them to fall in the hope the ‘Greek Freak’ will subsequently want out.
Make no mistake, Antetokounmpo has put the heat on ownership and the front office to provide a winning situation. What more obvious way to do that than going all-in on a 38-year-old point-guard?
Jrue Holiday is a high-level starting point-guard, but he’s also more than adept at sliding to the two where he played during most of his time with the New Orleans Pelicans. Paul would add another layer to the Bucks offense, and a potential pick-and-roll pairing with Antetokounmpo may prove devastating.
This is probably the least likely of the four teams, although the Bucks have been recently linked with wantaway Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard which suggests there’s interest in another backcourt upgrade.
Coming to terms with Golden State on a trade would be a whole different matter. They could make the salaries work with Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton and Grayson Allen, but that would leave Milwaukee with little depth behind a starting lineup of Paul, Holiday, Khris Middleton, Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez. Again, incredibly unlikely but one the Bucks may at least explore should things go awry for Paul and the Warriors.