3 Blockbuster Trades Milwaukee Bucks Can Pull Off to Convince Giannis Antetokounmpo to Stay

Published 11/28/2020, 2:04 PM EST
Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) of the Milwaukee Bucks wears street clothes before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, March 9, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The Milwaukee Bucks are in a win-now situation due to the rumors surrounding their cornerstone player, Giannis Antetokounmpo. In the last few years, Giannis and the Bucks have been phenomenal in the regular season, but come playoff time, they have struggled.

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As a result, the Bucks have taken an aggressive approach in this free agency. They gave up a bunch of picks to acquire All-Star guard Jrue Holiday in hopes to bolster their team. Moreover, the Bucks were close to signing sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic, but the deal fell apart.
April 23, 2015: New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during game 3 of the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Now, the Bucks might have to target another good supporting player to convince the Greek Freak to stay.

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Which players can the Milwaukee Bucks try to trade to improve their roster?

Victor Oladipo

Even before the free agency began, Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo was pretty unsettled about how things were going with the franchise. He wants to play for a title contender, and the Pacers are probably a few places away from being that. However, according to recent rumors, Oladipo is ready to run it back with the team. But one can never put away the chances of him being traded away, as he will be an unrestricted free agent next year. It could mean that the Pacers won’t get any value in return for him.

"He didn't say anything like that at all."@VicOladipo's agent, Aaron Turner, refutes the report of Oladipo asking opposing players if he can join their team with @TheFrankIsola and @Scalabrine pic.twitter.com/qkjGm7NoeJ

— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) November 13, 2020

Oladipo has battled with injuries in the last two seasons, but prior to that, he had a career year, making his first All-Star appearance and averaging 23.1 points per game, and leading the league in steals.

Derrick Rose

Rose is no longer the superstar he was during his Bulls’ day, but he can still produce solid numbers. Rose’s ability to facilitate and score will definitely bolster the Bucks’ roster and might even convince Giannis to sign a huge extension.
In the last season, Derrick Rose produced 18.1 points per game while shooting nearly 50% from the field. He can play the role of a perfect sixth-man for the Bucks, but it would take some convincing from the Bucks for the Pistons to trade him away.

Lou Williams

Lou Williams is arguably one of the greatest bench players of the modern era. For his efforts, he holds the record for bagging in the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award for a record three times. Moreover, recently some rumors have emerged that the Clippers want to trade the 34-year-old.

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“Many rival teams” expect the Clippers to trade Lou Williams, per @TheSteinLine pic.twitter.com/5V7d9V7ZuY

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 26, 2020

If the Bucks can swoop in and get in, it will drastically improve their bench and will add some veteran leadership to their team as well.

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Do you think that the Milwaukee Bucks will be able to convince Giannis to stay?

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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