Golden State Warriors Giannis Antetokounmpo Trade No. 4
- Warriors Get: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe
- Milwaukee Bucks Get: Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, Ky Bowman, GS 2020 1st (2nd overall), MIN 2021 1st (Top-4 protected), GS 2022 2nd, 1st round pick swap (2022-2023)
The same dynamics apply to adding Bledsoe in a deal that features Green instead of Wiggins. Even if Milwaukee plans to target a player like Anthony Edwards or James Wiseman with the second overall pick, the Bucks could dip into free agency and add a third option alongside Hill and Bowman.
It may be even easier to part with Bledsoe in a deal that brings back Green since he so often handles on-ball duties offensively.
Green’s ball-handling and passing ability from the power forward position enable his team to rely a little less on the point guard position. Milwaukee ownership may view that as incentive enough to push Bledsoe’s contract off the books.
Bledsoe isn’t a knockdown three-point shooter so the fit wouldn’t be perfect in Golden State. However, he’s an average NBA starter. Having a player of that caliber come off the bench to spell an aging Curry and Thompson would be a godsend for the Warriors.
Even if they don’t add Bledsoe, Golden State still needs a more proven option as the backup point guard. While Bowman and Poole both had flashes last season, neither are guys who could step in if Curry missed an extended period of time and remain competitive.
Golden State wants to lessen the burden on Curry and Thompson as they move towards their late thirties. Antetokounmpo would do a lot of that. Bledsoe would too.