Former Bucks Legend Adds Fuel to Giannis Antetokounmpo Possibly Joining Miami Heat

Published 12/01/2020, 6:00 AM 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)


Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the NBA today. He is coming off another excellent season. Giannis won the NBA MVP award for the second year in a row and won Defensive Player of the Year. Giannis joined an elite list of players to win MVP and DPOY in their careers.

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Antetokounmpo is entering the final year of his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are doing everything to ensure that Giannis will sign the max extension. They acquired Jrue Holiday through a trade in order to get Giannis more help. However, unless the Bucks prove themselves as contenders, Giannis could leave for another team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (L) and Khris Middleton pose on the court after the 68th NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Former Milwaukee Bucks player Michael Reed spoke to Brandon Robinson about Giannis staying with the Milwaukee Bucks. When asked about ‘The Greek Freak’s’ fit with Miami, he believes that Giannis would fit well with the Heat.

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He said, “He would. They got the shooters. They got the closer in Jimmy Butler. But I think Khris could be that as Giannis continues to develop, maybe the offense is more Khris-centric in a sense because we saw what Khris can do from a closing standpoint and a playmaking standpoint.”

Reed talks Giannis Antetokounmpo to Miami Heat


However, Reed noted that Khris Middleton and Jimmy Butler are similar closers for their respective team. “So Khris can be Jimmy, and Jon Horst will continue to do a great job of putting shooters around Giannis. There’s parallels there.” 

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Reed noted that the cultural differences between Miami and Milwaukee are stark, but Giannis could fit into the Heat culture. “The culture of Miami is different than Milwaukee but, he could fit in Miami for sure. It’s going to be tougher with that Brooklyn Nets team coming next year.” 

Reed believes that Giannis moving to the Miami Heat could create severe competition in the Eastern Conference. He believes that Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets could provide competition to a potential Giannis-Heat pairing.

He said, “Hopefully it’ll be without KD’s injury, which is everything. His recovery is everything to that team but, the East is going to be tough next year again, so we’ll see how everything turns out.”

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It will be interesting to see which team Giannis chooses to sign with in free agency. Antetokounmpo will be the biggest free agent to enter the market since LeBron James in 2010.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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