There are reports going around that if Giannis Antetokounmpo actually decides to leave the Milwaukee Bucks, he would prefer a move to a big-market team. This would presumably be a welcome change for one of the game’s biggest superstars after spending the first decade of his career in a small-market team like the Bucks.
Knicks Monitoring Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Situation With Milwaukee Bucks
There are few bigger market teams out there than the New York Knicks. This is exactly why the Knicks emerged as one of the frontrunners for Giannis as soon as he declared his intention to leave Milwaukee. New York is reportedly monitoring Antetokounmpo’s situation with the Bucks, where he has decided to decline to sign a big-money extension this summer. The former back-to-back MVP can still extend his deal with Milwaukee next season, which is expected to be potentially the biggest contract in NBA history.
At this point, it comes as no surprise that rumors pertaining to Giannis taking his talents to The Big Apple have been popping up left and right. As it turns out, these rumors could have a legitimate basis.
New York Knicks Have Sights Set on Giannis Antetokounmpo
Knicks insider Ian Begley of SNY has shared his personal thoughts on New York’s rumored chase for Antetokounmpo. While these are merely the assumptions of one man, you also have to note that when it comes to the New York press, this dude is one of the most plugged-in reporters out there.
“If I had to guess, I’d assume that team president Leon Rose & Co. will make moves with Giannis in mind. But I don’t think the Knicks will take a ‘Giannis or bust’ approach over the next 18 months. Right or wrong, Rose’s Knicks have shown in the past that they aren’t married to the idea of acquiring any one player (see the Donovan Mitchell trade talks),” Begley wrote.
According to Begley, New York’s market activity over the course of the next year and a half could be determined by their pursuit of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Begley did add a caveat, though, noting that the Knicks won’t be single-minded in their approach:
“So I think that New York – along with 28 other teams – will keep tabs on Giannis over the next 12-to-18 months. But I think they’ll also pursue any other opportunity that comes along – even if it means weakening a potential trade offer for Antetokounmpo,” Begley concluded.
What you can say for sure is that the Knicks will be heavily involved in the event that Antetokounmpo actually decides to jump ship.
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