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Hypothetical Dubs-Giannis trade gets 'hard no' from Russillo

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The Milwaukee Bucks trail the Miami Heat three-games-to-one in their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup, and it's unclear if Giannis Antetokounmpo will suit up for Game 5 because of a sprained ankle.

If we assume Milwaukee's season comes to an end Tuesday night, speculation about the Greek Freak's future in Milwaukee will reignite (just kidding -- it already has begun).

And if we also assume that Giannis turns down the supermax extension this offseason and demands a trade, do the Warriors have a strong enough package to acquire the 25-year-old superstar?

Would the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves' top-three protected 2021 first-rounder, two future unprotected first-round selections and Draymond Green result in an agreement?

"I love Draymond, I love his effort," Ryen Russillo recently said on "The Bill Simmons Podcast." "(But) the idea that he would be a No. 2 (offensive option) with Khris Middleton -- I don't like him as much in an offense without those guys (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) running around in the backcourt.

"This draft stinks, (so) that's a 'no.' That's a 'hard no.' "

For full context -- Russillo first completely dismissed the idea of Andrew Wiggins being the veteran player (for salary-matching purposes) included in the deal. And Simmons did not mention any parameters involving Klay Thompson.

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We have no idea what is going to happen over the next several months, and it's possible Giannis puts an end to all of the noise by re-signing with the Bucks.

 

But until that happens, the conversation across the basketball world will continue.

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