NBA rumors have been swirling over the last few weeks that if Giannis Antetokounmpo ever left the Milwaukee Bucks via trade, one of the teams that would be in on him is the New York Knicks. Antetokounmpo has made some interesting comments over the last couple of weeks about his future in Milwaukee.
Lee Tran of Fadeaway proposed a trade between the New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks involving Giannis Antetokounmpo. This trade was found on nbanalysis.net. In that trade, the Knicks would acquire Antetokounmpo only. The Bucks would acquire R.J. Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Immanuel Quickley (sign-and-trade), Quentin Grimes, a 2025 first-round pick (NYK), and a 2027 first-round pick (NYK).
The Milwaukee Bucks fanbase hopes it will never come down to that, but if it ever did, that is not a bad haul to get back in return for Giannis Antetokounmpo. It would not be an ideal situation for the franchise, but it would be a win-win for both parties if Antetokounmpo wanted out after next season and were forced to trade him.
The Giannis Antetokounmpo to the New York Knicks Rumors Will Not Go Away
Heading into the 2023-2024 season, the Milwaukee Bucks will have to try and win another NBA title to try and shut down the Antetokounmpo to the Knicks rumors. They will only grow louder if they flame out again in the postseason and if the Bucks are not committed to winning another NBA title while he is still around.
Marc Stein wrote in his latest NBA column:
“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 Adian Griffin) to try to appease its face of the franchise.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo is still in the middle of his five-year $228.2 million contract extension that was signed in December 2020. He will make $45.6 million during the 2023-2024 season. The Knicks would have its biggest star since Patrick Ewing if he left the Bucks for the Knicks to play alongside Jalen Brunson.