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Giannis Antetokounmpo recruitment still gives Bucks GM 'zero' worries

Giannis Antetokounmpo recruitment still gives Bucks GM 'zero' worries

There are strict rules within the NBA's Orlando bubble, with social distancing being highly emphasized. That doesn't change the fact that there are hundreds of players in close quarters. 

Recruiting, better known as tampering, could be at an all-time high. But Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst isn't worried when it comes to his superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

"Zero," Horst said, via ESPN's Eric Woodyard, when asked about his worries when it comes to Giannis being recruited. "We can only control what we can control. If it's considered tampering or recruiting or whatever it is, in our league people talk, people are connected, people have relationships.

"At the end of the day, I have full confidence in my personal relationship, our league's relationship, our coach's relationship, his teammate's relationship with Giannis in what we're doing and what we're about."

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Antetokounmpo, 25, isn't a free agent until after next season, but he is eligible for a supermax contract worth over $250 million at the conclusion of this season. If the Bucks do offer him that megadeal and he turns it down, it might be time to move on and see what the Bucks can receive in a blockbuster trade.

One team that won't be in close quarters to Giannis is the Warriors, who aren't a part of the NBA's restart. The 2019 NBA MVP has a close relationship with Golden State star Steph Curry and rumors have run rampant of Antetokounmpo becoming the next star in San Francisco. In the blink of an eye, the Warriors could go from Kevin Durant to Giannis as Steph's newest co-star. 

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Winning a championship obviously would help the Bucks' chance of keeping Giannis in Milwaukee, and in addition, he would cost a whole lot for the Warriors to acquire. Golden State likely would have to get rid of Klay Thompson and much more, but Antetokounmpo is a truly rare talent who hasn't even come close to his ceiling. With a plethora of draft picks and coveted players, the Warriors might have the best trade package for Giannis, but it won't come cheap.

For now, though, Horst isn't shaking at the knees by any means. He's focused on a championship, and has every right to believe Giannis will be a Buck for a long, long time.

NBA rumors: Steph Curry to represent Warriors at 2020 draft lottery

NBA rumors: Steph Curry to represent Warriors at 2020 draft lottery

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be held next Thursday, Aug. 20.

Who will be representing the Warriors at the virtual event?

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic is "hearing" Golden State superstar Steph Curry is the choice.

"If Steph Curry ever came and said, 'I want to do this. Put me on the lottery dais,' I think it would be pretty hard to say no," Golden State assistant general manager told Kerith Burke and Grant Liffmann this week on the "Runnin' Plays" podcast. "He's a pretty lucky guy. You want somebody who has good luck to be up there representing you.

"We got some ideas as far as lucky tokens as well."

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No pressure, Steph!

The Warriors are guaranteed to end up with a top-five pick. Here is the breakdown of their odds:

-No. 1 pick: 14 percent
-No. 2 pick: 13.4 percent
-No. 3 pick: 12.7 percent
-No. 4 pick: 12 percent
-No. 5 pick: 47.9 percent

[RELATED: Will Dubs contend for '21 title? 'Hell yes,' Kirk Lacob says]

If the Dubs don't trade the selection, it will be their first time making a lottery pick since 2012 when they took Harrison Barnes at No. 7 overall.

The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place Oct. 16.

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Warriors, Hawks announce 'Voter’s Win' registration competition for fans

Warriors, Hawks announce 'Voter’s Win' registration competition for fans

Neither the Warriors nor the Atlanta Hawks were invited to participate last month in the NBA’s Orlando restart. Already eliminated from postseason, they were relegated being spectators.

Neither franchise, however, settled for short-term irrelevance. They will compete against each other in ways that exceed the boundaries of sports.

Both teams announced Thursday that they are launching a “Voter’s Win” registration drive involving their fans, with the winner will be determined by the fan base best represented by new voters between Aug. 13 and national election day on Nov. 3.

“It’s great that the Warriors and Hawks are coming together on this program to challenge to get our fans to register to vote,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It's a collective effort. It’s something the NBA believes in deeply, that everybody in this country takes part in our democracy.

“This is not about who you're voting for. It's about exercising your right as an American citizen to vote. We want to make it into a competition, have little fun with it and challenge everybody out there to register and be ready to vote in November.”

The initiative, in partnership with “I Am a Voter” organization, will be split into a four-quarter format, like NBA games, with the “score” being announced at the end of each quarter. Dub Nation can engage the process by texting “WARRIORS” to 26797 to receive instructions.

The winner of each quarter will receive the “Good Trouble” trophy, so named after the signature phrase of the late Rep. John Lewis.

[RELATED: Why Klay believes it's a "hard time to play" in NBA restart]

“‘The Voters Win’ competition is a fun way to encourage fans to use their voices and exercise their right to vote,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said in a statement. “It’s incredibly important that every member of our community, that is of age, is registered to vote and with 82 days left until the general election, the time is now to make sure you are ready for November.”

Behind such activists as Stephen Curry, COO Rick Welts and Kerr, this is the latest example of the Warriors' commitment to making statements beyond the court.

 

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