The Milwaukee Bucks have locked in Giannis Antetokounmpo for the long haul, which can allow the front office to breathe a sigh of relief. The thought of Milwaukee not being able to acquire another star besides Jrue Holiday was rumored to play a factor in their ability to retain the reigning MVP.
While they did fail on acquiring Bogdan Bogdanovic from the Sacramento Kings, the Bucks haven’t let off on their pursue of another superstar. Part of Antetokounmpo’s decision to re-sign with the Bucks implied that he’d have a player/GM-like role in desiring what players the front office should go after, one of those stars being Bradley Beal.
From ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Kevin Arnovitz:
In addition to Bogdanovic, he [Antetokounmpo] cited Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal as a desirable target for the Bucks. Without impugning specific teammates, Antetokounmpo was implicitly suggesting what just about everyone in the organization — and the NBA — knew: The Bucks needed to upgrade their backcourt.
The Bucks were able to heavily upgrade their backcourt after landing Holiday, which could drastically improve their production over Eric Bledsoe or George Hill. There still remains another spot in the backcourt that needs to be filled for a contender-type front. The Bucks signed DJ Augustin, who’ll surely play a successful role next to Holiday, but it could prove to be average numbers from the 33-year-old.
Beal is entering his ninth season in the league and is regarded as one of the better scorers at his position. The 27-year-old is coming off his best season from a scoring aspect, averaging 30.5 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field. The Wizards have stated recently that Beal would be unavailable in any trade talks, but their approach may change soon depending on how the season goes.