Golden State Warriors Giannis Antetokounmpo Trade No. 5:
- Warriors Get: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, Ersan Ilyasova, IND 2020 1st (24th overall)
- Milwaukee Bucks Get: Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, Ky Bowman, GS 2020 1st (2nd overall), MIN 2021 1st (Top-4 protected), GS 2021 1st (Unprotected), GS 2022 2nd, 1st round pick swap (2022-2023)
How bold are the Bucks willing to be? How much would they prioritize competing as soon as possible? How much would they prioritize financials? The answers to those questions will ultimately determine whether a deal likes this comes to fruition.
The Warriors wouldn’t have to use their trade exception to add Bledsoe or Ilyasova (owed $7MM next season) if both Wiggins and Green were heading back to Milwaukee. If Bucks ownership is willing to maintain their current payroll, there’s an argument that this kind of deal fits both teams better.
Green and Paschall would immediately become Milwaukee’s best two options at the power forward spot, making Ilyasova more expendable. However, his premium perimeter shooting (career 36.5% from behind the arc) would be an ideal addition to the Warriors bench.
The Bucks perceived timeline could also impact how they structure draft pick compensation. The Stepien Rule prevents any team from making no first-round picks in back-to-back years. While the Warriors pick in 2021 wouldn’t be very high, it’s considered a far superior draft class.
If Milwaukee prefers the Warriors pick in 2021 to their 24th overall selection this year, they could add each pick to the trade. Golden State would have the 24th pick to replenish the depth of a roster depleted by the trade and Milwaukee would potentially have three first-round picks in 2021.
The Warriors salary cap situation makes it virtually impossible for the team to sign Giannis Antetokounmpo as a free agent next season.
However, if Giannis forces Milwaukee’s hand this offseason, Golden State has the contracts, players, and draft assets to be the leading landing spot for one of the best players in the NBA.