The Milwaukee Bucks were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs and are now under pressure to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo long-term. Could the Boston Celtics swoop in and acquire him this offseason?
In the wake of the conclusion of the Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks series that Miami won in five games, the primary question on everyone’s mind is what the future of Giannis Antetokounmpo holds. Around these parts, the follow-up question is this: can that future involve the Boston Celtics?
Sitting just one game away from the Eastern Conference finals, the Cs shouldn’t be in any rush to change the makeup of their team. Small moves around the edges, sure, but uprooting their current crop of stars outside of exploring the prospects of a Gordon Hayward star-swap isn’t what Celtics fans want to hear about.
The conversation is a much easier one to have if Antetokounmpo’s name was involved. Any fanbase in the league can realistically part ways with whatever it takes to acquire the likely 2x reigning league MVP.
But is that a conversation that can be had this offseason? Boston won’t have cap space in 2021 when Antetokounmpo will be meeting with front offices about his next potential destination, so a trade this offseason is the only way they can bring on the league’s most dominant player.
It doesn’t look like Milwaukee is entertaining any offers, though, even if Antetokounmpo doesn’t sign the super-max:
The Bucks will offer Antetokounmpo a supermax contract when eligible later this year, a deal that could be worth $220 million — about $80 million more than he could get with another team as a free agent in 2021, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. But Antetokounmpo has made it clear that his priority is winning, and that’s something the Bucks haven’t been able to ensure.
If Antetokounmpo passes on signing the supermax, multiple sources are adamant that the Bucks won’t trade him. Milwaukee will have to persuade him to stay — and quickly.
What would you do think Celtics fans? If he was made available this offseason, what would you offer to acquire the reigning MVP?
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