The Milwaukee Bucks got themselves a seven-time All-NBA point guard this summer in the form of Damian Lillard. They gave up a whole lot to acquire the services of the ex-Portland Trail Blazers superstar and so far, it’s been a bit of an up-and-down start for Dame in Milwaukee.
As it turns out, however, the Bucks could have gotten another point guard in their rotation if only Giannis Antetokounmpo got his way.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Attempted to Recruit Reggie Jackson to Milwaukee Bucks
Apparently, Giannis himself tried to poach veteran guard Reggie Jackson from Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets. Jackson played his part in Denver’s historic title run after the former Boston College standout joined Denver in the middle of last season.
As it turns out, Jackson may have left quite an impression on Antetokounmpo. This report comes via Nuggets beat reporter Harrison Wind of The DNVR:
“Giannis Antetokonmpo tried hard to recruit Jackson to the Bucks, league sources told DNVR. The two-time MVP badly wanted him in Milwaukee,” reported Wind.
Jackson is no star, but he could have played a key role in Milwaukee’s rotation if Giannis had succeeded in recruiting him to the Bucks. Last season, the 6-foot-2 guard averaged 7.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists for the Nuggets, while also knocking down 1.2 triples per game. Jackson did all that in 19.9 minutes off the bench for Denver.
It is unclear exactly why Antetokounmpo wanted Jackson on his squad as well as why Jackson opted to turn down Giannis’ attempt.
Jackson penned a two-year extension with the Nuggets this offseason worth $10.25 million, and he figures to be an integral piece in their rotation as Denver looks to defend its title in 2023-24.
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