NBA Rumors: Warriors Have 'Mused' Pursuing Giannis If Kevin Durant Leaves

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2019

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant fouls Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Warriors won 105-95. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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The Golden State Warriors are reportedly considering a run at Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo if they are unable to re-sign Kevin Durant during the offseason.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Warriors have "internally mused" bringing in Antetokounmpo, who can become a free agent in 2021.

Stein noted that Golden State's potential interest may be futile since Antetokounmpo loves Milwaukee and could sign a supermax extension before he makes it to free agency.

Still, Stein pointed out that The Greek Freak and Warriors guard Stephen Curry are close friends and are represented by the same agency (Octagon). Also, they selected each other in the first round of each of the past two All-Star drafts.

The 24-year-old Antetokounmpo has been named an All-Star in each of the past three seasons, and he is trending toward becoming the NBA's best player, if he isn't already.

With averages of 27.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, Antetokounmpo is a legitimate MVP candidate. The only area of his game that has yet to come around is three-point shooting, but the Warriors already have that in droves with Curry and Klay Thompson, should the latter re-sign.

Antetokounmpo is also the best player on the NBA's best team, as the Bucks are two games better than the Warriors with a 43-14 record. If the standings hold up, the Bucks and Warriors could meet in the NBA Finals.

Golden State is going for its third consecutive championship and fourth in five years, but the Bucks may have the best chance to end the Warriors' run of dominance. If that happens, it could go a long way toward convincing Giannis that a dynasty can be built if he sticks around in Milwaukee.


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