Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks will endure a massively-important season in 2021. Despite Antetokounmpo winning back-to-back MVPs in 2019 and 2020, he and the team have come up short in the playoffs in consecutive seasons, leading many to wonder if the 25-year-old superstar will leave the organization once his contract expires after next year.
There are several teams favored to land Antetokounmpo if he leaves, including the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, but one of the more controversial spots Antetokounmpo could go to would be Golden State, a franchise that won three titles and went to five Finals in the 2010s.
Antetokounmpo could demand a sign-and-trade following this season since the Bucks can offer him the super-max, but he could simply decide, like Kevin Durant in the summer of 2016, to join the Warriors as a free agent. From a roster perspective, this would give Golden State more cap flexibility and likely make the team even better than it’d already be with a core of Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
A move of this magnitude would send shockwaves throughout the NBA landscape. Antetokounmpo alongside a former back-to-back MVP and one of the great 3-and-D players of all time would surely vault Golden State to the top of the league’s power rankings, while simultaneously making the Greek-born feel-good story one of the most hated players in the league.