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Report: Clips join Warriors among teams that will pursue Giannis

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Giannis Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes on Tuesday night that he will not be demanding a trade from the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason.

But if the Greek Freak declines the supermax extension that the Bucks assuredly will offer, the speculation about his future will continue because he will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020-21 season.

And one of the Warriors' rivals apparently is planning for the day Giannis hits the open market.

"Multiple league sources have recently said the Clippers plan to pursue a deal for Giannis," The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor writes. "One of the sources said Giannis has an 'admiration' for Clippers head coach Doc Rivers."

If the situation gets to the point where Giannis chooses to join the Clippers, perhaps the Bucks and Clips end up executing a sign-and-trade transaction.

We don't even know when next season is going to begin, and a million things are going to happen between now and 2021 free agency. So trying to project anything that far away is silly.

But we simply will note that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George also could be free agents at that time, as they have player options for the 2021-22 season.

As for the Warriors, the expectation as of now is they will go after Giannis next year if they are unable to acquire him in a trade this offseason.

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As O'Connor writes: "The (Miami) Heat are setting up to make a splash in 2021, whether it’s Giannis or another top free agent. Golden State, Toronto, and Dallas hope to make runs at Antetokounmpo too, league sources say."

 

For now, just enjoy the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

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