Shortly after the Milwaukee Bucks' season came to an end Tuesday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo addressed his future with the franchise.
Might he request a trade?
“It’s not happening. That’s not happening,” he told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. "Some see a wall and go in [another direction]. I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season.”
NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh reacted to the Greek Freak's comments during a conversation with NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann on Wednesday afternoon.
"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."
If the 25-year-old superstar does a 180 and decides he wants out, the Warriors would be in position to offer a competitive package. They hold the rights to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft, and have the Minnesota Timberwolves' top-three protected first-rounder in 2021 (which becomes unprotected in 2022). Additionally, outside of the top-four protected 2024 first-rounder owed to the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State owns all of its future first-round selections.
Giannis -- who will become a free agent in 2021 if he declines the supermax extension this offseason -- is scheduled to make $27.5 million next season, so the Dubs would need to send the Bucks a significant amount of salary. Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green will earn $29.5 million and $22.2 million respectively next season, while Klay Thompson is slated to take home about $35.4 million.
"If Klay Thompson is the base of a deal to get Giannis Antetokounmpo, who could be the MVP for the next five seasons in the NBA, yes, you make that deal," Haberstroh said in early June.
Ultimately, we have no clue what the Bucks might demand in return, and we don't know what the Warriors would be willing to give up.
And none of this matters if Giannis stays true to his word and refrains from telling the Bucks to find him a new home.