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A few hours after exiting the playoffs, postmortems are being written for the Milwaukee Bucks and speculation about reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is reaching a climax.
“One of the sources said Giannis has an “admiration” for Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, “O’Connor wrote.
Immediately following Milwaukee’s 103-94 defeat at the Miami Heat, Antetokounmpo indicated that he will not require a trade to expedite his exit.
“This is not happening. It’s not happening, “he told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. “Some see a wall and enter [another direction]. I furrow it. We just have to improve as a team, individually and start next season right away. “
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps he also spoke to multiple sources who “firmly believe the Bucks won’t trade” Antetokounmpo if he doesn’t sign a supermax extension.
There is hardly any scenario in which dealing with the four-time All-Star makes sense for Milwaukee. Although Antetokounmpo makes it clear that he has no plans to sign again, it is unknown when the Bucks will be that close to a title in the near future.
The Toronto Raptors have shown how going all-in for a season can be the right approach when you’re on the verge of a turning point. They acquired Kawhi Leonard with no reassurance of his long-term future, and Leonard was instrumental in their championship run.
The big question that awaits CEO Jon Horst is how well it fits Antetokounmpo for next season as it is clear that the supporting cast needs to improve.
The New York Times‘ Marc Stein reported that some within the league are expecting the Bucks to do a run against Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul. Paul would be an update on Eric Bledsoe and give Milwaukee an elite director to ease the offensive load The shoulders of Antetokounmpo.
Then there is the status of coach Mike Budenholzer, who has received more criticism than probably any other member of the organization for his failures. make any necessary changes on the fly against Miami.
Horst must not only weigh Budenholzer’s future, but also think about any substitutions that leave the team in a better position in the postseason.
As reported by O’Connor, The future of Antetokounmpo is not a fait accompli. There is every chance he will put down a long-term extension with Milwaukee.
But the organization must operate in the belief that the 2020-21 season could be the last in which it has generational talent.