Last week, Giannis Antetokounmpo did an interview in Sweden in which he was asked whether he intends to sign a long-term extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, who can offer him a five-year, $220 million supermax deal as his 2021 free agency looms over the franchise and the league as a whole.
"I do not know what the plan is," Antetokounmpo told Aftonbladet, a daily newspaper based in Stockholm. "It depends on what decisions they make."
Late Monday night, the Bucks made a pair of go-big-or-go-home decisions that they hope will signal to Giannis their dead seriousness about winning an NBA championship. First they reportedly traded for Jrue Holiday, sending Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and three first-round picks to the Pelicans, per Shams Charania of the Athletic, with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski adding that future pick swaps will be part of the package heading to New Orleans as well.
Before there was time to process that move, the Bucks stopped the presses again by reportedly agreeing to a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings that will land them Bogdan Bogdanovic, as first reported by Wojnarowski, who then added that the Bucks will be shipping Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan Ilyasova and DJ Wilson back to Sacramento.
It's hard to overstate how perfect these moves are for Milwaukee. Bledsoe was a great defender, but so is Holiday, who has even better size and is a far superior offensive threat who slots perfectly as a secondary creator and credible shooter next to Giannis.