Rumor: Eastern Powerhouse team to target Giannis Antetokounmpo

Published August 26, 2023 at 9:57 PM

The NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo informed Tania Ganguli of The New York Times that he won't be extending his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks this year. The two-time MVP will be eligible for a contract extension with the Bucks in September. Following Antetokounmpo's remarks, Nick Agneta of Celtics Blog explores whether the Boston Celtics could be a potential landing spot for The Greek Freak.

"So if Giannis becomes available, Boston has to be seen as a possible landing spot, right? They will have a star to offer in return, in Jaylen Brown, who could be moved elsewhere for a trove of high draft picks," Agneta wrote in his latest NBA trade column. "The Celtics have a ton of their own moveable draft assets. They also have an ownership group that appears committed to spending big bucks in the future for a title and, of course, they have a culture and long history of contending and wanting to add not just one, but multiple championships. The C's have another top 5-6 player in the league who hasn't even entered his prime yet in Jayson Tatum as well as a core that fits Giannis' playing timeline. If Giannis requests to be traded to a team, the Celtics make a ton of sense for him."

The Bucks secured Antetokounmpo with a five-year, $228.2 million contract extension in December 2020. The future Hall of Famer is set to earn $45.6 million next season.

Throughout the previous season, Antetokounmpo participated in 63 games for the Bucks, maintaining averages of 31.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. His shooting percentages stood at 55.3% from the field, 27.5% from three-point range, and 64.5% from the free-throw line. The seven-time All-Star achieved 46 double-doubles and six triple-doubles.
August 26   |   44 answers
Rumor: Eastern Powerhouse team to target Giannis Antetokounmpo

Should Giannis Antetokounmpo consider a trade to the Boston Celtics?

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