NBA exec offers blunt, candid reaction to Bucks’ trade for Jrue Holiday
The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired Jrue Holiday in exchange for Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, and a couple of first-round picks. Several fans and analysts have chimed in on the transaction, but for an unnamed NBA executive, all that matters is that Giannis Antetokounmpo was involved with the decision and agreed to it.
Per Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the executive hinted that the Bucks had to get the nod from Antetokounmpo before pulling the trigger.
I asked an executive from another team for his take on this deal: “Giannis had to approve it. That’s all that matters.” https://t.co/oljD5cDkfz
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 17, 2020
Along with Bledsoe and Hill, the Bucks also inserted three future first-round picks and two pick swaps. This occurred amid an impending decision by Antetokounmpo to sign a five-year supermax deal or not. The most recent rumors reveal that the Greek Freak will indeed sign the deal.
After the Bucks were booted out in five games by the Miami Heat in the 2020 playoffs, analysts were quick to surmise that Antetokounmpo will not sign the supermax deal and probably request for a trade. Teams like the Golden State Warriors and the Heat were tagged as potential destinations for the two-time MVP.
Given this recent move by the Bucks, many believe that Giannis Antetokounmpo will stay and continue his quest to snag that elusive Larry O’Brien trophy. Over the last two seasons, the Bucks have been the best regular season team, snagging a 60-win campaign in 2018-19 and 56 wins in the shortened 2019-20 season.
Fans are now raving on the new Bucks trio of Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday.
Jrue is considered one of the best defenders in the league, and he averaged 19.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.7 assists across 34.7 minutes with the Pelicans last season.