Giannis Antetokounmpo did declare he intends to continue playing for the Milwaukee Bucks but the lure of winning his first NBA ring as early as next season could prove stronger than loyalty. The two-time MVP is wanted by the Golden State Warriors but the Miami Heat are said to be beating down on his door.
Both teams can offer what Antetokounmpo finds lacking in Milwaukee. The Greek Freak joining up with any of the organizations will make for a superteam that could challenge the Los Angeles Lakers' aspiration of achieving a repeat in 2021.
The Warriors are working to regain their championship status in the next season and the chance is high for the team to realize that. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are deemed 100% ready, health-wise, to win another title and to make for a solid shot, bringing in Antetokounmpo to the Bay Area seemed the prudent thing to do.
There were talks of the GSW front office preparing to offer the team's No. 2 pick in the 2020 Draft but nothing is confirmed at the moment. However, Fadeaway World reported on the claims made by sports radio host Ashely Nicole that the Dubs are preparing a package that Antetokounmpo and his camp should find "interesting."
The Warriors pushing to get Antetokounmpo out of Wisconsin is no secret at all. The last season saw the circulating stories of Curry befriending the Bucks superstar and seemingly playing an active role in recruiting the 25-year-old.
The approach was used with Kevin Durant and it worked. But it's unclear for now if the Warriors are doubling down in securing Antetokounmpo's signature or if the star is willing to backtrack from his earlier commitment of working to make the Bucks stronger for the upcoming campaigns.
And the wooing from California is not the only thing that could draw the young superstar from Milwaukee. Again from Nicole, Antetokounmpo is reportedly spending lots of time in Florida beaches and he is thought to have fallen in love not only with the place but also with its NBA team, the one in Miami, of course.
If Nicole's source will prove giving accurate information a deal between Milwaukee and Miami could be complete soon, chiefly because the former is unwilling to lose Antetokounmpo for nothing. That will happen if in 2021 the Bucks forward makes the switch and he can walk away for free.
So the understanding is, talks are now underway and Antetokounmpo is "prepared to sign a long-term deal in Miami."
The Heat attracting an emerging superstar like Antetokounmpo makes sense, according to the Heat Nation. The superstar saw how Miami stunned the NBA by reaching the Finals and nearly frustrating the Lakers.
To be sure, Antetokounmpo is thrilled to be part of the Miami Heat Big 3 for next season, which would consist of him and the team's current superstars - Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.