Knicks Acquire Giannis Antetokounmpo From Bucks In Massive Blockbuster Trade Proposal

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One NBA writer is proposing that the New York Knicks acquire Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks in a massive blockbuster trade. Lee Tran of Fadeaway World proposed the following trade idea between the Knicks and Bucks:

New York Knicks Receive: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks Receive: RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Immanuel Quickley (Sign-And-Trade), Quentin Grimes, 2025 First-Round Pick (NYK), 2027 First-Round Pick (NYK)

Antetokounmpo could be interested in playing for the Knicks if he decides to leave the Bucks, according to NBA insider Marc Stein. Antetokounmpo can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2025 if he declines his 2025-26 player option.

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“The Lakers and the Knicks are already being mentioned as franchises presumed to interest Antetokounmpo down the road if he does decide to move on from Milwaukee, which just made a slew of moves (re-signing Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez and replacing Mike Budenholzer as coach with Adrian Griffin) to try to appease its face of the franchise,” Stein wrote in his latest NBA column.

Antetokounmpo recently told NBA reporter Tania Ganguli of The New York Times that he will not sign an extension with the Bucks this year. The two-time MVP will become eligible for a contract extension in September.

“The real question’s not going to be this year — numbers-wise it doesn’t make sense,” Antetokounmpo said. “But next year, next summer it would make more sense for both parties. Even then, I don’t know.”

Antetokounmpo added: “I would not be the best version of myself if I don’t know that everybody’s on the same page, everybody’s going for a championship, everybody’s going to sacrifice time away from their family like I do. And if I don’t feel that, I’m not signing.”

The Bucks signed Antetokounmpo to a five-year, $228.2 million designated maximum contract extension in December 2020. The future Hall of Famer will make $45.6 million next season.

Antetokounmpo doesn’t want to spend his entire NBA career with the Bucks and not win another championship. The Bucks won the 2021 title over the Phoenix Suns but lost in the second round of the 2022 playoffs to the Boston Celtics in seven games and lost to the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2023 playoffs in five games.

“This is my team, and it’s going to forever be my team,” Antetokounmpo told Ganguli. “I don’t forget people that were there for me and allowed me to be great and to showcase who I am to the world and gave me the platform. But we have to win another one. But at the end of the day, being a winner, it’s over that goal. Winning a championship comes first. I don’t want to be 20 years on the same team and don’t win another championship.”

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One of the best players in NBA history, Antetokounmpo has career averages of 22.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He has won the Most Improved Player of the Year Award, two regular-season MVPs, one Finals MVP and one Defensive Player of the Year Award with the Bucks.

The Knicks have been looking for a superstar for over a decade now. If New York’s front office figures out a way to land Antetokounmpo, the Knicks could win their first NBA title since 1973.

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