NBA Rumors: Warriors 'Have Always Been the Big Threat' to Land Giannis in 2021


The Golden State Warriors were unable to re-sign Kevin Durant this offseason. Another MVP could be headed to the Bay Area in due time, however.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported Monday on The Jump that the Warriors "have always been the big threat" to sign Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo when he becomes a free agent in 2021.

Shelburne acknowledged the difficulties Golden State will have if it makes a genuine pursuit. The team is projected to have the third-biggest payroll ($156.7 million) in 2021-22, per Spotrac.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the NBA is expecting a $125 million salary cap and $151 million luxury tax that season.

In order for the Warriors to sign Antetokounmpo, he'd either have to take a contract well below market value, or the team would need to trade Klay Thompson ($38 million salary), D'Angelo Russell ($30 million) or Draymond Green ($24 million).

There's also the question about whether Giannis would want to join the Warriors.

In an interview with Bleacher Report's Howard Beck last December, he didn't think playing on a superteam was a requirement to contend for a title:

"You don't have to have a lot of [stars]. I definitely think that, because I think we have great pieces in this team, and every guy in this team knows what his role is and is having fun and is enjoying his role.

And that comes from the coach. You know, if the coach gives you confidence, gives you the green light and tells you what your role is and you accept it as a player, and you're happy with it, that's big for every team. I don't think anybody on this team wants to do more, wants to do less."

His opinion could change if the Bucks fall short of an NBA Finals appearance in either of the next two years.

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