Golden State Warriors Giannis Antetokounmpo Trade No. 1
- Warriors Get: Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Milwaukee Bucks Get: Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, GS 2020 1st (2nd overall), MIN 2021 1st (Top-4 protected), GS 2022 2nd, 1st round pick swap (2022-2023)
This is probably the most straight forward and simple fit. Andrew Wiggins‘ salary is just slightly larger than Antetokounmpo’s ($29.5MM to $27.5MM) and at still 25-years old, the Bucks could envision further development from Wiggins.
Length works on both sides of the ball in the NBA. Wiggins won’t replace Giannis but would give the Bucks a solid second-option behind Middleton.
Eric Paschall could compete to be the Bucks starting power forward. At the least, would offer a bench scoring punch to a team that has struggled to find scoring when Giannis or Middleton struggled.
Poole obviously isn’t likely to be an immediate contributor. However, with Wesley Matthews, Pat Connaughton, and Kyle Korver all likely departing via free agency, Poole would add some much needed two-guard depth.
Milwaukee could probably extract a bit more draft capital from the Warriors (more on that later), but the second overall pick in this year’s draft and Minnesota’s 2021 first-round pick (acquired in the D’Angelo Russell trade) are easily the two best draft assets any contender will be able to offer Milwaukee.
The pick swaps are a formality since the Warriors should be better than the Bucks in 2022-23, but it would be an easy thing for Milwaukee to ask for just in case things blew up in Golden State.