With the future of the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo in doubt, the Chicago Bulls may be able to partner in a trade.
The Chicago Bulls may not have been a playoff participant this year, but the future definitely looks brighter following their eventful mid-season hiatus and early offseason. While they’re not necessarily in the spot to be able to compete just yet, their outlook is certainly positive from here on out.
Unlike the Bulls, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking a second-straight early playoff exit dead in the eye. Two years in a row, the Bucks have boasted the league’s best record and fallen short of the ultimate goal.
One very interesting wrinkle in the Bucks’ near future is the status of superstar and league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Next season will be the final year of his current contract in Milwaukee, and no one truly knows what will happen.
This year’s playoff exit was different than last season’s, with Giannis’ injury playing a part. However, the team was already in a hole with the Miami Heat before the injury. Could Giannis already have his heart set on leaving MIlwaukee?
Not if the Bucks can make something happen — meaning, adding another piece or two around Giannis to help push for a Finals berth for one more year. If Milwaukee can do something to appease Giannis and add just a little more talent before next season, maybe they have a shot at keeping him around.
Could the Bulls get involved? That depends. Is new vice president Arturas Karnisovas going to try and go after “his guys” in the near future, or is he going to ride with this roster for a year? If he chooses to make any moves, maybe one of the following deals makes sense.