Neither the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo are expected to position themselves in a way during the 2020 offseason that would lead to a trade, similar to the path taken during the 15-16 season by Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“All of the intel I’ve gotten for years is Giannis is not going to do that with Dallas or any other team,” said Zach Lowe on his podcast. “And the Bucks, as a result, will take it to the end as the Thunder did with Durant. If he doesn’t sign the supermax, you just live in this world all year. If he doesn’t sign the supermax and he doesn’t say ‘I’m leaving’, then the Bucks are not trading him. And they’re going to try to win the championship and convince him to stay. Or get to The Finals and convince him to stay. Get to The Finals and make a trade that convinces him… Whatever. Somehow convince him to stay.
“I think they take it to the end and that only changes if Giannis tells them now ‘I want to go to this place’ or ‘I’m not re-signing.’ Which I don’t think will happen.”
Lowe also anticipates Antetokounmpo won’t sign the supermax this offseason.
Antetokounmpo has publicly said he won’t request a trade this offseason.