What Giannis, Bucks reportedly meeting could mean for Dubs


There could be trouble brewing in Milwaukee.

Hours after it appeared Giannis Antetokounmpo unfollowed his Bucks teammates on social media, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Saturday, citing sources, that the NBA MVP met with team owner Marc Lasry to discuss the future of the franchise.

Despite Giannis' declaration earlier this week that he had no intention of leaving the Bucks, the news reported by Haynes can't be a good sign for a team and a city hoping to keep the generational talent.

Giannis has one year left on his current contract, and there has been speculation for over a year that he could ask for a trade this offseason or leave in free agency next summer if the Bucks are unable to win an NBA title.

And for the second straight season, the Bucks finished with the best record in the NBA, only to fail to even reach the NBA Finals.

Now, Giannis must determine if Milwaukee is the best place for him, or if another team gives him the best opportunity to win an NBA title.

Warriors fans have been salivating at the thought of trading for Giannis and pairing him with two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.

Earlier this week, in response to Giannis comments about not wanting to leave Milwaukee, NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh poured cold water on the idea of Antetokounmpo coming to the Warriors.


"That's not what you want to hear if you're the Golden State Warriors or any NBA team with any sort of hopes of prying Giannis out of Milwaukee," he said. "However, I will remind people that Kevin Durant and LeBron James both said very nice things about Oklahoma City, Cleveland and Miami respectively before each of those players walked out the door.

"Do not shut the door on Giannis leaving Milwaukee, but I would say it's still a long shot for the Golden State Warriors."

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But the latest news has to give the Warriors and every other team interested in Giannis renewed hope that they might have a chance to land him.

Stay tuned. This is going to be one of the most fascinating story lines in the NBA this offseason and possibly into next year.