Giannis Antetokounmpo can take Kevin Durant precedent in mind when assessing Warriors in 2021
The Milwaukee Bucks are not worried about potentially losing Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Golden State Warriors in 2021. While there is a friendship and a connection between the reigning MVP and Warriors franchise star Stephen Curry, The Greek Freak could take the precedent of Kevin Durant’s three-year stint in Golden State as an example of what could happen if he makes the move.
The Warriors relinquished Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut to absorb Durant into their cap in 2016, but the cap gymnastics would be a lot more demanding this time around — as Golden State would be forced to give up Klay Thompson and either D’Angelo Russell of Draymond Green to take on Antetokounmpo.
“What happened with Durant works both ways,” an NBA source told Sean Deveney of Heavy.com.
While Durant did win two titles in three years with the Warriors, he also found himself not fitting in with their core players, which eventually sparked his desire to move once again.
Though KD is a very particular person and he’s wired very differently from the rest of NBA stars. Giannis is a quiet storm, a ruthless competitor that is happy being part of a small market team that appreciates him, but if he finds himself continuously winning, there’s little supporting evidence that says he won’t be happy alongside a core that allows him to be atop of the Western Conference.
This is all conjecture at this point, but Antetokounmpo would surely be smart to remember what went on with Durant when assessing his future as a free agent two years from now.