Could Giannis Antetokounmpo ever play for the Bulls?

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks walks down the court during the first half of the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Fisher Forum on February 28, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Giannis Antetokounmpo Has been the face of the Milwaukee Bucks and possibly all of Milwaukee sports for some time.

Over the past four seasons, he has won two regular season MVP Awards, a Defensive Player of the Year Award, and an NBA Finals MVP Award, while leading the Bucks to their first world championship in 50 years.

Just before the 2020-21 season, the Bucks won it all, Antetokounmpo re-signed with them for five years and instead left to form the superteam, for $228 million, a million dollars. lebron james And Kevin Durant,

Although he seems very content to play in Milwaukee, he recently said there is a chance he might decide to head south and join the team someday. Chicago Bulls,

“It’s a no-brainer, everyone would love to play for Chicago. Down the line, you never know. Maybe I’ll play for Chicago but right now I’m committed to Milwaukee.”

Can something like this really happen?

Boxes are currently stacked

Although many seem to love the potential of the Boston Celtics, the defending Eastern Conference champions, there could still be no wrong choosing Milwaukee to return to the NBA Finals the following summer.

With apologies to the two-time reigning MVP Nikola JokicAntetokounmpo is probably the best player in the world at the moment, and has an impressive team built around him.

Chris MiddletonThe Bucks’ second-best player, a borderline All-Star, and his injury in the playoffs this spring was enough to push Boston over them in seven games in the second round of the playoffs.

Middleton is someone who can get as many buckets in crunch time as he did during the Bucks title run in 2021.

jury holiday Not only is he a reliable scorer and facilitator on the point guard, but he is also one of the best defenders in the league.

Off the bench, Milwaukee still has Bobby Portiso, Pat Connaughton, Serge Ibaka And George HillWith all Joe IngallsA veteran forward signed as a free agent this off-season.

Ingalls is known to be a sharp 3-point shooter who can also feature off the bench.

But there may be one thing that could push Antetokounmpo out of the Badger State in the future.

Bucks are not a youth team

Middleton is 31, Holiday is 32, Ibaka is about to turn 33, Ingalls will turn 35 in early October, and Kendra Brooke Lopez is 34.

The Bucks are clearly in win-now mode, but the age of their major contributors outside Antetokounmpo will prevent them from becoming a dynasty.

Just a few years from now, as Greek Freak’s contract expires, Milwaukee will need to be rebuilt.

He’s such a special player that he may need to win three, four or five rings to testify to his greatness, and if the Bucks can’t give him that opportunity, he has to go elsewhere to end his career. may fall. He feels it is needed.

Antetokounmpo’s contract runs through the 2025-26 season, and that year will be a player choice year for him.

He will turn 31 that season, and he should have at least a few great years left at that point, barring a major injury.

The Bulls currently have a young and promising team focused around Zach LaVineJoe is the same age as Antetokounmpo, and if they remain a playoff team for many more years, Antetokounmpo could be the perfect final piece for them.

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