Warriors have best Giannis trade package, Shelburne believes


Giannis Antetokounmpo is on record saying that he is not going to demand a trade from the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason.

But if the Greek Freak has a change of heart and demands out, do the Warriors have enough to get a deal done?

"For two years, we've heard the drumbeat of the Warriors with Giannis," ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show. "If he doesn't sign the extension (this offseason), Milwaukee's got a decision to make.

"Can you risk it? Can you play it out with him (next season) and just hope he re-signs with you (after next season), or do you have to look to move him? And which teams would have the best package?

"From where I'm sitting guys, that's the Warriors. They have the best package. People get so upset when I say that, but they do. They have the trade exception, they have (Andrew) Wiggins, they have this year's pick (No. 2 overall), they have next year's Minnesota pick (top-three protected in 2021, unprotected in 2022).

"Maybe you even have to talk about Klay Thompson or Draymond (Green) being in a package like that, too. But they have a great package if it comes down to it."

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Shelburne went on to say that she expects the Bucks to ride it out and not trade the two-time NBA MVP this fall/winter if he turns down the supermax extension and elects to wait until free agency in 2021 to make a decision about his future.

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As for the Warriors, they do have some valuable assets and should be able to put together a competitive offer if Giannis becomes available. Could another team put together a more enticing package and leapfrog them? That remains to be seen.

There still is so much up in the air, and all of the speculation surrounding Giannis' future could persist throughout the entirety of the 2020-21 season if his situation is not resolved in the coming months.

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