Giannis Antetokounmpo to Boston Rumors Have Already Started —

There are three things that are guaranteed in life: death, taxes, and the Boston Celtics getting wrapped up in trade rumors. We’re 60 days removed from the last NBA basketball game, but that doesn’t mean the rumors have to end. The report that’s going around now is one that’d shake the NBA if it were […]

Giannis Antetokounmpo to Boston Rumors Have Already Started —

The Warriors have been targeting Giannis Antetokounmpo for years. They’re hoping to place him alongside the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

Since Kevin Durant left Golden State for Brooklyn, it’s no surprise that the Warriors would be targeting another superstar small forward to take his place. The Warriors tried experimenting with D’Angelo Russell but ended up trading him to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins and a valuable draft pick.

The Warriors have what it takes to land the superstar, but the question is, why are the Celtics involved in this? Why would the Celtics trade for a superstar forward when they already have one? It’s the same song and dance, except this time it involves the reigning MVP.

Let me start with this: the Celtics aren’t trading for Giannis Antetokounmpo. It doesn’t make sense for either side, and the Celtics wouldn’t have enough to pull it off, in my opinion. They two trades that were proposed don’t include the one player Milwaukee would covet the most from Boston: Jayson Tatum.

The good news is that Danny Ainge isn’t trading Jayson Tatum, so there’s that. If Milwaukee is going to trade Giannis, they aren’t going to trade for pennies on the dollar. They would get a haul back for Giannis, including many draft picks and several young players.

The Bucks wouldn’t accept a trade of Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and picks for Giannis. I’m sure they’d be fine taking Brown in return, but they wouldn’t want Hayward. Why take on all that money for a player that has an injury history and is five years older than the player they’re trading away?

Substituting Marcus Smart for Hayward makes it more enticing, but the picks included in these trades would be worthless to Milwaukee. These aren’t even lottery picks Boston is sending out. If they wanted to match or make a better offer, the Celtics would have to trade 5/6 first-round picks, as well as including valuable players like Jaylen Brown.

The Celtics have draft picks and players to offer, but gutting an entire roster for one player isn’t worth it. We’ve talked about this before when trade rumors with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Anthony Davis came up. Why trade a collection of valuable players for one who might leave in free agency?

The thought of Giannis Antetokounmpo even coming to Boston is ridiculous. Both the Celtics and Bucks aren’t in a position where they need to make a blockbuster trade to take it to the next level. Boston’s missing key bench pieces and veteran leadership. They don’t need another star player. Milwaukee doesn’t need to make any trades. They just have to hope they continue to compete at the highest level in order for Giannis to want to stay. If not, then they’ll have to deal with that when the time comes.

Let me know what you think of these trade rumors, and tell me who you would include in a trade package for the reigning MVP.

NBA star Antetokounmpo donates masks to Greek city — G9IJA.com

Greek basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers donated 10,000 surgical masks to the Athens suburb of Zografou on Wednesday to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. “The municipality of Zografou wants to express its great gratitude to the Antetokounmpo family for offering 10,000 masks to the residents of the city as a measure of protection […]

NBA star Antetokounmpo donates masks to Greek city — G9IJA.com

Bucks determined to keep edge, continue pursuit of NBA title — The Associated Press

The Milwaukee Bucks remain confident the coronavirus pandemic won’t put a permanent halt to the season and they’ll get to resume chasing a league title.

Bucks determined to keep edge, continue pursuit of NBA title —

MILWAUKEE — The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks remain confident the coronavirus pandemic won’t put a permanent halt to the season and that they’ll get to resume chasing their first league title in nearly half a century.

The Bucks had a league-best 53-12 record when play was suspended three weeks ago. With Giannis Antetokounmpo having a a potential second straight MVP season, the Bucks seemed poised to make a run at the title that has eluded this franchise since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led them to an NBA championship in 1971.

Bucks general manager Jon Horst thinks they will get that opportunity.

“We believe that we’re going to play,” Horst said Wednesday in a conference call. “Everything that we’re doing every day in our communications, in our preparations, everything we talk about is being prepared to play at some point, finish out the season and have a resumption.”

That’s why Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer has spent part of this hiatus making sure the Bucks don’t lose their edge whenever they do get back on the floor.

He’s been studying the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets — the Bucks’ two most likely first-round playoff foes — as well as other Eastern Conference teams Milwaukee could see later in the postseason. He’s tried to learn from his experiences as a San Antonio Spurs assistant coach during the NBA’s most recent work stoppages.

“One of my reference points with the coaching staff has been lockouts,” Budenholzer said. “Sometimes when you come out of a lockout, things have been kind of slow, you haven’t been able to maybe do your normal routines and preparation, and things happen really fast. Whether it’s three games in three nights, or playoff series are shorter or the time between the end of the regular season to the first playoff game, everything can be shorter or can happen quicker.’’

His instructions to his players have focused on conditioning while understanding they might not have as much time to spend working on their basketball skills.

“I think that we feel that there are things they can continue to do as far as continuing to stay strong, continuing to maintain a conditioning level and really just put a lot of time and effort and energy into their bodies,” Budenholzer said.

After blowing a 2-0 lead to the eventual league champion Toronto Raptors in last season’s Eastern Conference finals, Milwaukee appeared to have all the elements in place to make a serious championship run this year before the pandemic struck.

The Bucks had just returned from a winless three-game trip west when the hiatus occurred, but that was the first time they had lost as many as two straight contests all season.

Despite their optimism and their confidence that league officials will do what’s best for the safety of everyone, the Bucks realize that play might not resume. However, Budenholzer said they aren’t thinking about what impact canceling the season might have.

“If for some reason this season is not played or there’s nothing to look forward to or to complete, I’ll process it then,” Budenholzer said. “I would add that I don’t think it’s being totally head-in-the-sand. I think hopefully watching news, listening to the commissioner, listening to whether it be Tony Fauci or Dr. (Deborah) Birx or whoever it is, it does feel like there is I think some realistic hope and belief that we will get through this.

“I know that there are some negatives, some less optimistic modeling, but literally all we think about is we are going to play and we want to be the best team when we do play so how do we prepare for that, how do we get better? It’s a great way to get through this.’’

Giannis Antetokounmpo Injury: Bucks Forward Could Miss Game vs. Celtics — NESN.com

The Milwaukee Bucks lost more than just their 10th game of the season after Friday night’s tip against the Los Angeles Lakers. Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo took a hard fall on his left leg during the game, and the team announced Sunday he will not play in their next two games against the Phoenix Suns (Sunday,…

Giannis Antetokounmpo Injury: Bucks Forward Could Miss Game vs. Celtics — NESN.com

LeBron James, Lakers outmuscle Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks — Press Telegram

Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Bucks center Brook Lopez during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 brings the ball up the court at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Los Angeles Lakers…

LeBron James, Lakers outmuscle Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks — Press Telegram

Kyle Lowry tries to drive through George Hill’s legs but it doesn’t work (VIDEO) — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

That is an offensive foul. Every time.

Kyle Lowry tries to drive through George Hill’s legs but it doesn’t work (VIDEO) — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports.

Kyle Lowry tried to drive through George Hill’s legs. That didn’t work. (VIDEO) — High Velocity Sport

Kyle Lowry tried to drive through George Hill’s legs. That didn’t work. (VIDEO) Milwaukee’s George Hill, a physical 6’3″ defender, was up on Toronto’s Kyle Lowry out on the perimeter. Lowry, pinned, had no good options. So, Lowry tried to go through Hill’s legs. Not dribble through and run around, Lowry tried to tunnel his […]

Kyle Lowry tried to drive through George Hill’s legs. That didn’t work. (VIDEO) — High Velocity Sport