Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were looking to make a bang in this year’s playoffs. The bubble, however, had other plans for them.
Ever since arriving in Orlando, the Bucks looked slow and unfocused. Whether they were looking too far ahead or just in a slump, it was bad. And before we knew it, the regular season machine we came to know over this last year was heading home. After their final loss, the obvious question was being asked before Milwaukee could even leave the court; will Giannis stay?

(Jesse D. Garrabrant)

Well, the greatest thing that could’ve happened to a Bucks fan (after losing in the playoffs) happened when Giannis addressed the concern. Shortly after their elimination, Giannis was asked if he would be leaving Milwaukee, and the dynamic Bucks star quickly responded.

"It's not happening"

Couldn’t be better right? Wrong. Giannis has the potential to become one of the greatest players ever, but that won’t come without championships. He needs to win, so here are his options.

Change the Bucks

To change the Bucks, they must remove certain players and add certain players. In addition to Giannis and Khris Middleton, one more piece could be all Milwaukee needs to win a championship. Here are some good options:
  • Chris Paul
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Jrue Holiday
For a team trying to keep a young Giannis until his retirement, the Bucks need a younger player that can grow and play with Giannis for the long haul. It is this reason alone that disqualifies Chris Paul as a good option for Milwaukee. Chris very well may help them win a championship this year, but what comes next? Paul would either be less valuable or gone, leaving the Bucks back at square one. Next, we look at Victor Oladipo. Oladipo was an all-star until his injury, which just goes to show he is more than valuable to any team. And not only is he young and talented, but he fits Milwaukee’s style of play. His defensive, slashing, and floor-spacing abilities are perfect to complement who Giannis is as a player. In addition, the Bucks would have to give up fewer draft picks and young players to get him compared to Chris Paul, or maybe even the next option, Jrue Holiday. The Pelicans point guard is another solid option for the Milwaukee Bucks. At only 30 years old, Jrue still has plenty of time left to play at a high level. Holiday’s main issue in playing with the Bucks is that he does not have a great three-point shot, and therefore cannot further open up the lane for Giannis to attack. Overall, Victor Oladipo is a great option that Milwaukee should consider this offseason. He is definitely worth the price.

Leave the Bucks

If the Bucks are unwilling to change over the next couple of seasons, the Greek freaks’ only option may be to take his talents elsewhere. Here are a few teams that could help Giannis achieve his goal of winning championships:
  • Miami Heat
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Dallas Mavericks
Giannis’s number one option right now is the Bucks, but that may change. One option down the road is in Miami with the Heat. Quick disclaimer, it should be known that any team that trades for Antetokounmpo will be paying a hefty sum, though it will be worth it. Pat Riley’s Heat has some great young talent in addition to a prime Jimmy Butler and an older Goran Dragic. To obtain Giannis, it is likely that the Heat would ship Jae Crowder, Dragic, Duncan Robinson, and some picks to the Milwaukee Bucks. That being said, a core that consists of Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Tyler Herro is serious. Next, the Warriors are another great option. With the splash brothers likely being the only pieces left after the trade, Giannis would still be in a great position. Two of history’s greatest shooters with one of history’s greatest slashers would be a devastating combination. Finally, the Dallas Mavericks are home to two superstars in Luka and Kristaps, although Kristaps probably wouldn’t survive the trade. However, Luka and Giannis are enough to give any NBA team nightmares. Overall, I would say that the Miami heat are Giannis’s best option outside of Milwaukee. The roster, along with a hardworking and winning culture, is exactly what he needs to win.

At the end of the day, Giannis is incredible but needs the necessary pieces around him to win, just like every other champion. The question just becomes, who can give him those pieces?

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