NBA Rumors: 'Fighting' Warriors for Giannis Antetokounmpo not Bucks' focus

NBA Rumors: 'Fighting' Warriors for Giannis Antetokounmpo not Bucks' focus

The thought of Giannis Antetokounmpo joining the Warriors has been talked about ever since the idea of Kevin Durant leaving the Bay became a realistic possibility. 

The Warriors, lightyears ahead of everyone, reportedly already had their eye on the next great free-agent prize to keep their dynastic run charging full steam ahead.

There's little doubt the Warriors would be interested in luring Antetokounmpo away from the Bucks when he becomes a free agent after the 2020-21 season, but the Bucks reportedly aren't sweating the five-time defending Western Conference champions pursuit of "The Greek Freak."

“Keeping Giannis, it’s a focus obviously,” one Bucks front-office source told Heavy.com's Sean Deveney. “But fighting the Warriors is not a focus. The Warriors are not the concern in the least. They’d have a long way to go to get him to Golden State, they’d have to give away a lot. He has never given any indication that he wants to leave Milwaukee. So a lot of that stuff, it is more chatter than anything.”

The "chatter" got a lot louder Tuesday when ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported the Dubs are "a big threat" to sign Antetokounmpo once he enters free agency.

Now, wanting to sign the 2019 NBA MVP is understandable, but it would take some pretty heavy roster and cap gymnastics on the Warriors' part. Golden State currently has four players signed to max contracts -- Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and D'Angelo Russell -- and none of their contracts will be up by the time Antetokounmpo becomes a free agent in 2021.

In order to pay Giannis the massive amount he'll demand, the Dubs would have to trade Thompson and one of Green or Russell in order to get under the tax to offer the $35-$40 million per season it will require to land Antetokounmpo. 

Not impossible, but it seems unlikely at this point.

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With Kawhi Leonard leaving the Eastern Conference, the Bucks are in prime position to make a run at the NBA Finals and further nudge their star in the direction of signing the supermax extension with them.

The Bucks are in the driver's season, but you never can count out the Warriors.

How Warriors plan to keep Steph Curry healthy despite heavy workload

How Warriors plan to keep Steph Curry healthy despite heavy workload

Steph Curry’s health has long been a topic of conversation around the Warriors organization.

Curry was hampered by ankle issues over his first few seasons in the NBA, and has missed 50 games over the last two seasons, including six playoff games in 2018.

The Warriors know they must invest in keeping Curry on the floor after losing Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, not to mention playing at least half the season without Klay Thompson. 

Rick Celebrini, the Warriors’ director of sports medicine and performance, was given a stacked budget to equip Chase Center with all the amenities the team needs to keep its aging stars on the floor.

From The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson:

They’ve got a hot tub, cold tub and underwater treadmill, which is already in heavy rotation as Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein use it. They’ve got a “mindfulness room” — a phone-free space where they can relax, meditate or even engage in brain-stimulating games on iPads or virtual reality training. A psychologist will even be on call if necessary. Yes, the Warriors now have their own Wendy Rhoades from “Billions.” They’ve also got a new AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, which uses air pressure to allow individuals to walk or run at a lower percentage of their body weight — so a 230-pound Draymond Green will feel like he’s 115 pounds while he’s running.

The new BioFreeze Performance Center will also be equipped with sleep pods, which are the most compelling development for the two-time MVP.

“The sleep pods,” Curry told Thompson. “That’s what I’m excited about.”

The point guard will need all the remedies he can get to avoid missing time on a nearly brand-new roster in Golden State. But no one knows Curry’s body better than himself.

“I’ve always been on top of it like that,” Curry said. “So it won’t be anything new. All I need is the sleep pod and some space for the NormaTec sleeves.”

The additional postseason minutes accrued over five straight runs to the NBA Finals have also played a major factor, as Steph has played in 93 postseason games over that span. While the addition of KD allowed Steph to take more of a breather during the 2017 and 2018 playoffs, Durant’s multiple injuries during last year’s postseason forced Curry to once again shoulder the majority of the burden, something he will now clearly need to do on a nightly basis.

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The good news for Curry is, the Warriors are sparing no expense in making sure he is ready to go as Golden State looks to keep the dynasty alive.

LeBron James mentions Steph Curry, clowns in cryptic Instagram post

LeBron James mentions Steph Curry, clowns in cryptic Instagram post

LeBron James did not play in the Warriors-Lakers preseason game Monday night in Los Angeles.

But about 80 minutes before the opening tip at Staples Center, the three-time NBA champion created headlines when he spoke to the media regarding the drama between the NBA, China and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

Then about five minutes before the game started, he sent out two tweets:

Before the fourth quarter began, LeBron and Warriors superstar Steph Curry exchanged pleasantries:

After Tuesday's practice, LeBron said he feels like his pregame comments were taken out of context:

About 45 minutes later, he took to Instagram:

Are "they" -- the clowns that is -- the media in general or anybody who disagreed with what he said? Both?

Why send that message to Curry? 

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Does LeBron realize he sounded foolish when he told reporters that he believes Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it," and immediately followed that with: "I have no idea, but that is just my belief."

Is he aware that the backlash is self-inflicted?

Are you sick of this whole story?

Let's move on.

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