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The entire NBA is reportedly keeping an eye on Giannis Antetokounmpo ahead of NBA Free Agency




Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t one of the marquee players set to hit NBA free agency next summer.

The Greek Freak signed a three-year, $175.9 million contract extension with Milwaukee last October, keeping him off the open market.

Though Antetokounmpo is still the talk of the NBA world as the playoffs reach the conference finals stage.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the entire association is monitoring Antetokounmpo’s situation with the Bucks in preparation for the multiple-time MVP potentially requesting a trade.

“The entire league is obviously looking at what happens with Giannis. Certainly, the Knicks are one of them,” Windhorst noted Monday.

It should be noted that Giannis has not given any indication that he plans to request a trade. Rather, it’s about the Bucks’ premature exit from the NBA Playoffs and the big struggles under head coach Doc Rivers.

After falling to the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, Giannis didn’t necessarily commit to being a Buck long-term.

“I don’t know. Maybe I’ll follow a different pattern. Maybe try different things. I don’t like the word ‘rest’. If I can play, I play. If I can’t play, I can’t play.

“I’m definitely going to sit down and think about it, what my summer will look like and what next year will look like.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo on his future as a player

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We’ve seen star players request trades in the not-so-distant past. Certainly, Giannis has given no sign that he plans to do so. But the simple fact that other teams have their fingers on the pulse should tell us a story here.

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Giannis played at the highest level last season. The two-time NBA MVP averaged 30.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists on 61% shooting from the field.

Clearly, teams like the New York Knicks would be more than open to adding Giannis to the mix in a blockbuster trade. The same can be said for the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.